BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Sylvestra Le Touzel, Sam West, David Threlfall
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Fairy magic wreaks havoc and midsummer madness takes over as lovers tread the delicate line between fancy and reality. BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard. This fresh and vibrant production brilliantly reflects those decades of experience. Revitalised, original, and comprehensive - this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

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Good but could be so much better

This is a decent version but is let down by the use of child actors in the fairy roles, particularly Puck. I would give it three and a half stars. The adult scenes are good enough and the actors, particularly Sam West, are really fine but I found Puck to be distracting and irritatingly nasal instead of the powerful presence he has in the text. In the absence of a better version I would recommend this if you are studying Shakespeare but be aware of it's limitations.
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- Ms

A Midsummernight's Dream

I'm sorry to say I was very dissapointed with this production. The music is really very poor and not in any sort of context. The actors, especially the fairy children, are often speaking so fast as to be incomprehensible and the overall standard is not at all good. I would avoid this version if I were you.
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- Francis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2007
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited