Item description for King Lear (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare, Clive Merrison & Trevor Peacock...
Overview Wishing to ease himself of the burden of rule, King Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him best.
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Running Time: 183.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.36" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 2005
Publisher Audio Partners
ISBN 1932219188 ISBN13 9781932219180
Availability 0 units.
More About William Shakespeare, Clive Merrison & Trevor Peacock
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers. Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain s Men (later under James I, called the King s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio."
William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.
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Reviews - What do customers think about King Lear (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)?
King Lear as it was meant to be! Jun 21, 2008
Reading Shakespeare's classic tragedy is one thing, but listening to it performed in such a masterful way is another. This oral production of King Lear brings this play to life in a powerful way. What better way to get through traffic than to be entrenched in the world of treachery, pride and redemption! The actors are magnificient! This is one of my best purchases from this site.
The Best recording of the Best tradegy Dec 9, 2007
This is the best performance i have ever heard of this play. Trevor Peacock (Lear) is phanominal. Every time i listen to it i find my self repeating lines back. Its just such a meaningfull play, and it is done to justice. Kent and Edgar are loyal and valliant, glouster and lear are tragic and Edmond is villanous...Its great.
Worth the purchase, even if you dislike tragedy Mar 8, 2007
King Lear has gotten old and wishes now to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. The better praise they give him, the more they receive. With the exile of Lear's youngest daughter, Cordelia, Lear begins to experience the vices of his remaining daughters first-hand, as well as the greed of the illegitamite son of his friend, Glouchester.
The cast was well chosen for this production, although it's heavy-handedness makes for some slow and quieter performances. Samantha Bond shines as the virtueous Cordelia and David Tennant gives a fantastic, if not somewhat subdued performance, as Edgar and Poor Tom. The music between each new scene and act can be a little tiresome, but overall, the production is a well-collaborated one.
I do not favor tragedies as a rule, but I do recommend this play to someone who finds them appealing or wishes to have a well-rounded understanding of Shakespeare's plays.
King Lear Feb 8, 2007
This recording is remarkably effective as a piece of theatre. Well-cast, well acted, well conceived.