BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey, Natasha Little, Full Cast
  • 1 hrs and 59 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.The trees and shrubs resonate with declarations of love and confessions of assumed identity in this exciting new production, where the intimacy of radio brilliantly recreates the closed-off, magical world of the Forest of Arden.Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

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Loved it!

My biggest complaint with BBC radio Shakespeare is their modernizing of the bard's songs and I'm not a big fan of their background music either. As You Like It though is tolerable enough in both of these areas, I personally would prefer something more authentic but it is good for what it is. The biggest draw to this production is Helena Bonham Carter who I thought was fabulous, who wouldn't fall in love with her Rosalind. More than any of the other BBC comedies this is one I eagerly look forward to listening to again and again.
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- Donald

Why such terrible singing?

Where does BBC Radio Shakespeare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.


Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.

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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited