Item description for Measure for Measure (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare...
Puritanical Angelo finds his values changing as his lust for the virtuous Isabella sinks him into the corruption he condemns in others. This thought-provoking black comedy is a brilliant exploration of justice and mercy.
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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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Worth several hearings Jul 11, 2006
Though I enjoy the Gielgud/Richardson recording, this is simply a superlative recording. All three of the principles: Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, and Stella Gonet turn in incredible performances. This recording, compared to the forementioned Gielgud/Richardson recording, is full of vitality and energy. The clarity and accessibility to a modern audience, and the incidental music adds perfectly to the mood and theme of this play. I highly recommend this, an exemplary performance of perhaps Shakespeare's most underrated play.
Fantastic! Aug 30, 2005
This reading is completely accessible and delightful - I've listened to the whole thing six times through already