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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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By Jennifer Sheridan on 07-08-17
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Lewis Kane on 01-10-18
Think before buying this
I thoughtlessly bought this to hear some of the most popular Shakespeare stories, 2 of which I've never read or seen performed before.
This is a reading of the script, without the visuals of performers, the names you'd see if you were reading this or any familiarity with the stories, it is very difficult to follow and know which character says which line.
Only buy this if you know the stories well enough to know the characters in each scene, or at least have a very good ear for distinguishing Shakespearean actors who all sound similar. With that in mind, this could still be for you.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Barry Deri on 11-12-17
Terrible sound quality don't waste your time
Terrible sound quality don't waste your time. I was extremely disappointed, thus was another missed opportunity.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful