BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Michael Sheen, Kenneth Cranham, Juliet Stevenson, Full Cast
  • 3 hrs and 28 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. Those decades of experience come to fruition in this production. The intimacy of radio gives full rein to the power of Shakespeare's language, taking the listener into the very centre of Hamlet's emotional and moral turmoil. Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

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Very Enjoyable

This is a very good reading of Hamlet and any lover of the material will enjoy it. I especially loved Michael Sheen's characterization of the melancholy dane. He was unstable, angry and emotional. In my opinion, this is exactly how Hamlet SHOULD be played. As I listened I could visualize everything in my head as though I were watching it on a screen. In fact, I am now eager to see Michael Sheen play Hamlet on stage (apparently he will be doing so in London in 2011). I recommend this audiobook version of Hamlet to all Hamlet fans.
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- Nik Logan

For use in my English class

Would you consider the audio edition of BBC Radio Shakespeare to be better than the print version?

No, but I think that reading the play while listening to this enhances the experience, for this fully dramatized version has different actors for all the parts and the sound effects enhance many of the Acts, especially the final battle.


Any additional comments?

I use this audio version in my classroom, and it really helps my students to follow along with the audio as we read the play. The performance is the best version of Hamlet I have heard.

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- JAusten1775

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited