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Amy Irving gives a stunning performance as the title character in this outstanding recording: innocent and charismatic in the beginning, stricken and horrified at the end.
One of the interesting things to note, listening to this, is how Shaw manages to convey the great sweep of events by focusing just a bit off-center. Where Shakespeare would have a band of soldiers, armed to the teeth, battling each other in front of the audience, Shaw conveys the impending sense of battle in a scene that focuses on whether a banner is stirring in the wind.
The trial is riveting.
Some of Shaw's famously quirky stage directions are included here, narrated by John Lee.
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