The first volume of David Timson's series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare's plays was widely praised by newspaper and educators alike. Here is volume 2, with more key plays. Including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry IV, all texts which regularly appear on the exam syllabus. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.
This accessible introduction to some of the better-known Shakespearean classics is aimed at younger listeners. In addition, it would serve well as a refresher for theatergoers who need to review a specific play. The narrators perform eight plays, including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. The plays have been appropriately abridged and include the best-known lines. Narrators Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings perform with clarity, engagement, and expression. Accompanying lute music contributes to a sense of the time period. This production can be enjoyed multiple times and would be a good addition to one's permanent library.
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