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The British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) join forces to publish this remarkable audio treasury of live Shakespearian performances. Selected from an extensive collection of recordings made by the British Library Sound Archive, these two double CD sets offer scenes and speeches from some of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The extracts cover almost half a century of productions, from Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus in 1959 to Ian McKellen as King Lear in 2007.  Both Essential Shakespeare Live and Essential Shakespeare Encore! also include booklets that reproduce the play-text of each recorded extract in full along with introductions by Gregory Doran, Chief Association Director of the RSC.

            Essential Shakespeare Live features such notable actors of stage and screen as Judi Dench, Peter Brook, John Barton, Peggy Ashcroft, Alan Howard, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, Anthony Sher, Donald Sinden, Robert Stephens, Patrick Stewart, Janet Suzman, and David Warner.  Among the plays included in the set are King Lear, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Alls Well that Ends Well, Henry V, and Richard III.

Review:

"Bravos all round to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Library Sound Archive past and present for this tantalizing selection of brief scenes culled from recorded performances by an ultimate all-star cast. Doran, associate director of the RSC, begins with Olivier as Coriolanus at Stratford in 1959 and moves into the '60s with Scofield as Lear, David Warner as Hamlet, Ashcroft as Queen Margaret in The War of the Roses. The '70s finds a young, round-faced Patrick Stewart as Cassius, Janet Suzman as Cleopatra and McKellen and Francesca Annis as Romeo and Juliet. In the '80s, Derek Jacobi plays Prospero, Alan Rickman is Jacques in As You Like It and Brian Cox does Titus Andronicus. In the '90s, Robert Stephens as Falstaff and David Oyelowo as Henry VI lead to a glorious finish with Dench as Countess Rossillion in All's Well That Ends Well at a 2003 Stratford performance. Sound quality is not uniform throughout, but thumps and bumps and audience responses add to the excitement of live performances. The companion booklet is essential reading, as wonderful as these scenes are, since none are introduced or identified on the discs. The photos illuminate the proceedings but leave one wanting more. Theater buffs, schools and libraries will all applaud this treat and should demand encores." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Available to the public for the first time, the British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company join forces to publish this remarkable treasury of live Shakespeare recordings. Selected from an extensive collection of recordings made by the British Library Sound Archive, this set offers scenes and speeches from some of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. All 20 tracks have been personally selected from the RSC Associate Director Gregory Doran. They cover a period of over four decades of exceptional Shakespeare performances, from Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus in 1959 to Judi Dench in All's Well That Ends Well in 2002. Here are some of the RSC's most celebrated productions-the now legendary Wars of the Roses from 1953, Peter Brook's King Lear with Paul Scofield, and John Barton's Richard III with Richard Pasco and Ian Richardson.

Synopsis:

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Performance

Synopsis:

The British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) join forces to publish this remarkable audio treasury of live Shakespearian performances. Selected from an extensive collection of recordings made by the British Library Sound Archive, these two double CD sets offer scenes and speeches from some of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The extracts cover almost half a century of productions, from Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus in 1959 to Ian McKellen as King Lear in 2007.  Both Essential Shakespeare Live and Essential Shakespeare Encore! also include booklets that reproduce the play-text of each recorded extract in full along with introductions by Gregory Doran, Chief Association Director of the RSC.

            Essential Shakespeare Live features such notable actors of stage and screen as Judi Dench, Peter Brook, John Barton, Peggy Ashcroft, Alan Howard, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, Anthony Sher, Donald Sinden, Robert Stephens, Patrick Stewart, Janet Suzman, and David Warner.  Among the plays included in the set are King Lear, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Alls Well that Ends Well, Henry V, and Richard III.

Table of Contents

Running time: 136 minutes

Track Listing:

DISC ONE

1. Coriolanus (featuring Laurence Olivier) 6.14

2. Wars of the Roses (featuring Peggy Ashcroft) 4.19

3. King Lear [1964] (featuring Paul Scofield) 8.40

4. Hamlet (featuring David Warner) 2.12

5. Twelfth Night (featuring Donald Sinden) 8.33

6. Julius Caesar (featuring Patrick Stewart) 8.31

7. Antony and Cleopatra (featuring Janet Suzman) 7.08

8. Richard II (featuring Richard Pasco & Ian Richardson) 10.51

9. Romeo and Juliet (featuring Ian McKellen & Francesca Annis) 11.59

DISC TWO

1. Comedy of Errors (featuring Roger Rees) 4.23

2. Henry V (featuring Emrys James) 1.51

3. Henry V (featuring Alan Howard) 4.08

4. The Tempest (featuring Derek Jacobi & Mark Rylance) 4.21

5. Richard III (featuring Antony Sher) 10.58

6. As You Like It (featuring Alan Rickman) 11.15

7. The Merry Wives of Windsor (featuring Janet Dale 6.22

8. Titus Andronicus (featuring Brian Cox) 7.25

9. Henry IV Part 1 (featuring Robert Stephens) 2.45

10. Henry VI Part 3 (featuring David Oyelowo 4.45

11. Alls Well that Ends Well (featuring Judi Dench) 8.59

Product Details

ISBN:
9780712305242
Author:
Royal Shakespeare Company
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Author:
British Library, The
Author:
The British Library
Actor:
Ashcroft, Peggy
Actor:
Dench, Judi
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
15th and 16th centuries
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Edition Description:
Compact Disk
Series:
British Library
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.78x4.96x.92 in. .52 lbs.
Media Run Time:
136

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bravos all round to the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Library Sound Archive past and present for this tantalizing selection of brief scenes culled from recorded performances by an ultimate all-star cast. Doran, associate director of the RSC, begins with Olivier as Coriolanus at Stratford in 1959 and moves into the '60s with Scofield as Lear, David Warner as Hamlet, Ashcroft as Queen Margaret in The War of the Roses. The '70s finds a young, round-faced Patrick Stewart as Cassius, Janet Suzman as Cleopatra and McKellen and Francesca Annis as Romeo and Juliet. In the '80s, Derek Jacobi plays Prospero, Alan Rickman is Jacques in As You Like It and Brian Cox does Titus Andronicus. In the '90s, Robert Stephens as Falstaff and David Oyelowo as Henry VI lead to a glorious finish with Dench as Countess Rossillion in All's Well That Ends Well at a 2003 Stratford performance. Sound quality is not uniform throughout, but thumps and bumps and audience responses add to the excitement of live performances. The companion booklet is essential reading, as wonderful as these scenes are, since none are introduced or identified on the discs. The photos illuminate the proceedings but leave one wanting more. Theater buffs, schools and libraries will all applaud this treat and should demand encores." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Available to the public for the first time, the British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company join forces to publish this remarkable treasury of live Shakespeare recordings. Selected from an extensive collection of recordings made by the British Library Sound Archive, this set offers scenes and speeches from some of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. All 20 tracks have been personally selected from the RSC Associate Director Gregory Doran. They cover a period of over four decades of exceptional Shakespeare performances, from Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus in 1959 to Judi Dench in All's Well That Ends Well in 2002. Here are some of the RSC's most celebrated productions-the now legendary Wars of the Roses from 1953, Peter Brook's King Lear with Paul Scofield, and John Barton's Richard III with Richard Pasco and Ian Richardson.
"Synopsis" by , The Royal Shakespeare Company in Performance
"Synopsis" by , The British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) join forces to publish this remarkable audio treasury of live Shakespearian performances. Selected from an extensive collection of recordings made by the British Library Sound Archive, these two double CD sets offer scenes and speeches from some of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The extracts cover almost half a century of productions, from Laurence Olivier as Coriolanus in 1959 to Ian McKellen as King Lear in 2007.  Both Essential Shakespeare Live and Essential Shakespeare Encore! also include booklets that reproduce the play-text of each recorded extract in full along with introductions by Gregory Doran, Chief Association Director of the RSC.

            Essential Shakespeare Live features such notable actors of stage and screen as Judi Dench, Peter Brook, John Barton, Peggy Ashcroft, Alan Howard, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, Anthony Sher, Donald Sinden, Robert Stephens, Patrick Stewart, Janet Suzman, and David Warner.  Among the plays included in the set are King Lear, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Alls Well that Ends Well, Henry V, and Richard III.

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