Item description for Much Ado About Nothing (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare & A. Full Cast...
This sparkling comedy of manners revolves around the amorous adventures of two couples, gentle Claudio and Hero, who want to marry, and the warring Beatrice and Benedick, who think they don't. This witty romp is one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies. Performed by Samuel West, Amanda Root, and the Arkangel cast.
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Running Time: 132.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 6" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 9, 2006
Publisher Audio Partners
ISBN 1932219250 ISBN13 9781932219258
Availability 0 units.
More About William Shakespeare & A. Full Cast
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon." His extant works include some collaboration, consisting of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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 Much Ado About Nothing (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare)?
delightful, clear production of a witty, fun play Nov 9, 2007
This fully dramatized production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is delightful. Shakespeare's wit comes through in full force (especially in the Beatrice-Benedick storyline): I love that the words from hundreds of years ago can evoke my laughter today. This play is immensely fun and the performance is excellent.
The enunciation of the lines is clear and the voices of the different characters are distinct, but - not being a Shakespeare expert - I found it invaluable to read over the synopsis included in the liner notes, since the audio performance does not include any stage directions or character identification (as in "Beatrice:" and "Claudio:").* With that small help, however, my enjoyment was unhampered.
I highly recommend this dramatization!
* Indulgent tangent: The occasional confusion resulting from a lack of character identification reminded me of a wonderfully clever passage in Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book (the sequel to The Eyre Affair) in which a fictional character hiding out in the real world is revealed due to his inability to follow "undedicated" dialogue (i.e., dialogue without explicit attribution as to who is speaking). Fforde's books are wonderful, silly fun for the Shakespeare and other literature lover; the passage I refer to is on page 360-361 of the paperback edition.
Excellent dramatization May 31, 2006
I have been using this CD with my 9th grade literature class for the last two weeks. The actors use clear diction and their presentation of the language helps the students that are struggling to a better understanding of the text. Bryan Pringle's Dogberry is a real gem.