Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by full cast, Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.
Romeo and Juliet: the Montagues and the Capulets are sworn enemies, so when Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet, tragedy ensues. This fateful tale of two young star-crossed lovers is one of Shakespeare's most popular dramas. First broadcast in 1970, starring Ian McKellen as Romeo.
Hamlet: one of the most powerful, influential and thrilling tragedies in the English language, and the story of Prince Hamlet and his quest for vengeance never fails to enthral. First broadcast in 1971, starring Ronald Pickup as the Prince of Denmark.
Macbeth: the notorious 'Scottish Play' is a gripping tale of vaulting ambition, witchcraft, madness and murder that has kept generations of audiences spellbound. First broadcast in 1966, starring Paul Scofield as Macbeth and Peggy Ashcroft as Lady Macbeth.
Recorded at BBC Broadcasting House and featuring the BBC Drama Repertory company, with specially composed music including a score from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, this is classic radio drama at its finest. Duration: 7 hours 30 mins approx.


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What did you like best about Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies? What did you like least?

I have not listened to all three plays, but Macbeth is definitely abridged. Lines are skipped over here and there and one whole scene was missing. Also, the delivery is laboriously slow in spots.

Would you recommend Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies to your friends? Why or why not?

I have listened to several other recordings of Shakespeare's plays and this is one of the worst.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The characters were well voiced although I disagreed with some interpretations. That's Shakespeare for you.

Was Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies worth the listening time?

Unfortunately, I'd have to say this was not worth my time.

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- Jennifer Sheridan

Sparknotes is genius.

As a first time Shakespeare "reader", I loved the storyline, but struggled because I was never clear on which voice beyond to which character. I ended up finding the best solution was to read the sparknotes plot overview then listen and I could follow along and appreciate the dialogue more.
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- Kristen Newby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2016
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited