Item description for Romeo and Juliet (Classic Drama) by William Shakespeare, Michael Sheen & Kate Beekinsale...
Romeo and Juliet, the 'star-crossed lovers' of Shakespeare's great romantic tragedy, fascinate audiences the world over in many different guises and adaptations, year after year. This recording, along with Hamlet, launched the Naxos AudioBooks series of complete dramatisations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. Michael Sheen is a passionate, impulsive Romeo and directs this superlative cast, including some of the most of the best known names in the British theatre world. Juliet is played with great charm and sensitivity by Kate Beckinsale, Fiona Shaw is a warmly humorous Nurse and Frances Barber plays an icy Lady Capulet. With its energy, passion and careful direction, this recording is an audio work of art.
Book Description John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Of America+inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 5.25" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Of America+inc
ISBN 9626341254 ISBN13 9789626341254
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More About William Shakespeare, Michael Sheen & Kate Beekinsale
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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Very difficult to hear May 10, 2007
If you are a teacher, I would look into buying another audio version of Romeo and Juliet. I have been using it as a tool to get the students to hear professional actors and to then ask them to use the same skills those professional actors use (inflection, emphasis, etc.) The problem is it is VERY difficult to hear...to the point that you have to sit 3 feet away to hear it at times. This simply does not work for a classroom.
John Andrews is the best Mar 18, 2007
The notes that John Andrews gives on all the Everyman Shakespeare editions that he edits are fabulous. I think his editions are the most user friendly for any actor, student, director and teacher. Some publishing house should get Mr. Andrews to do all the plays.
Becomes more complex with every read... Dec 6, 2005
Watching Romeo meander his way through the play is like tailgating a drunk driver. At any moment he could crash, and in the end he overcorrects his assumptions by swallowing the poison, and in some ways his death must be a relief to his troubled mind.
Romeo's status in the story changes with nearly every scene, whether by his own doing or by an external entity. However, his circumstance reflects in almost every case his willingness to succumb to his passions. From his love of Rosalind to his love for Juliet to his exile, he is a bundle of nerves. Taking a time out would slow the pace, and instead Shakespeare quickens it by transplanting Romeo's moment of joy with Juliet with a moment of action and consequence: the death of Mercutio.
Giving Romeo the chance to be happy might damage his character. A great tragedy yet today. What makes it great is that the basic storyline pulls everyone in, and once the story captures, we can start to appreciate the minor characters, like Capulet and the Nurse.
Romeo and Juliet-Warning: May Cause Pulmonary Problems Jul 28, 2004
Caution Scalawags: May Cause Pulmonary Failure!, July 29, 2004 Reviewer: Professor Emeritus Percy Q. Johnstone (Darkest India) - See all my reviews Yes dear reader, it is I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone. As you may have divined, as Professor Emeritus of American Literature, I am well versed with dramatic writings from our sister nation, England. Now, many of you are unfamiliar with the work, as William Shakespeare is relatively unknown in the bumpkin-ridden land you call "The Colonies". However, you lucky few will discover a goldmine of quotes such as "Alack, Alack, Alack" and other favorites. But I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone, diverge. Yes yes. For those of you who wish to pursue the god-given purpose of the most noble art of teaching American Literature, you must be familiar with the works of Shakespeare. As you are stupid, and not a professor, like I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone, you undoubtedly do not understand, but no matter. The story of "Romeo and Juliet" is simple. it opens in a court yard in Venice where the political rebels, Pyramus and Thisbe are plotting to overthrow the evil fascist government (oh how I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone know that feeling. I confess, dear reader, that once I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone, lived in America until government stooges exiled me to darkest India for poliical subterfuge. Suberfuge! Bah!). Alas, Lord Capulet's men break into the meeting and arrest poor Pyramus and Thisbe, casting them into the darkest dungeon. Ah, but fortune smiles on our two heroes, for in the cell next to them are the "Star-burned lovers" Romeo and Juliet, who were imprisoned for plotting to overthrow the evil Capulet. Together, they escape the prison, kill all the fascist-swine guards, and blow up the prison, bringing us, dear reader, rather neatly to the end of Act I. Act II opens in Lord Montague's (Lord Capulet's chief of security) hall, where he has just made posters offering 5000 marks for the heads of the four rebels. Enter the villain (mustache and all) Tybalt (cousin to Count Paris) the bounty-hunter. Tybalt, in a scene that moved even I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone, gives a heartrending "soliliquy" in which he mourns on he pain of killing those whose politico agendas you support. Thus ends Act II. In Act III, we find...ROMEO WORKING FOR LORD CAPULET! He has become a traitorous lap-dog to the very system he despises (oh reader, how I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone, know this feeling!). Pyramus and his rebel army storm the palace, and in the final scene, Pyramus kills his traitorous lover, Romeo, driving a dagger through his jugular...only to find out that Romeo was a spy. Pyramus then jumps out the highest tower in penance to end the play. Genius. Every potential collegiate scamp should read this edition, for it has a preface by one of the greatest scholars of our age...none other than I, Professor Emeritus Johnstone. Hark, I hear my Biddy calling me to gruel and morning prayers. As Hamlet said, "Adieu Fair Readers!"
Bitterly, --Professor Emeritus Percy Q. Johnstone
Boring Feb 14, 2004
What a boring love story - I wasn't impressed. Bizarre plot, long tedious read.