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Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe Audiobook

Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe

Author: Andrew Dickson Narrator: Andrew Dickson Release Date: May 2016

There are 83 copies of the First Folio in a vault beneath Capitol Hill, the world's largest collection. Well over 150 Indian movies are based on Shakespeare's plays-more than in any other nation. If current trends continue, there will soon be more high school students reading The Merchant of Venice in Mandarin Chinese than in early-modern English. Why did this happen, and how? Ranging ambitiously across four continents and 400 years, Worlds Elsewhere is an eye-opening account of how Shakespeare went global. Seizing inspiration from the playwright's own fascination with travel, foreignness, and distant worlds, Dickson takes us on an extraordinary journey-from Hamlet performed by English actors tramping through Poland in the early 1600s to twenty-first-century Shanghai, where Shashibiya survived Mao's Cultural Revolution to become an honored Chinese author. Both a cultural history and a literary travelogue, the first of its kind, Worlds Elsewhere explores how Shakespeare became the world's writer, and how his works have changed beyond all recognition during the journey.

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Women of Will Audiobook

Women of Will

Author: Nigel Gore, Tina Packer Narrator: Nigel Gore, Tina Packer Release Date: August 2021

"Dazzling and illuminating"-- Boston Globe "Brilliant! Fearlessly impassioned acting that you'll remember for as long as you live."-- Wall Street Journal A tour de force, in-studio performance for Shakespeare lovers, scholars, artists and anyone who thinks the lady doth protest too much! Join Master Shakespearean actor, Tina Packer as she deconstructs and conjures Shakespeare's most famous female characters. She is joined by multi-award-winning actor Nigel Gore who plays Romeo to Packer's Juliet and Petruchio to her Kate. Together they bring listeners on a unique journey for the ears as they explore love, loss and power through Shakespeare's heroines, combining the most beloved Shakespeare scenes with fascinating analysis. "The play explores Shakespeare's own enlightenment as he delves into the female psyche, and realizes if we don't deeply listen to what the women say, we are never going to solve the problems of the world!" Tina Packer Through this unique performance, listeners will discover the mastery of Tina Packer (founder of the world-renowned Shakespeare & Company) hailed "marvelous!" by The New York Times and "irresistible" by the Associated Press. And the steady brilliance of Nigel Gore (narrator of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, also from Alison Larkin Presents.)

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Willm-S: The Life and Loves of William Shakespeare Audiobook

Willm-S: The Life and Loves of William Shakespeare

Author: Robert Mansell Narrator: Various Readers Release Date: September 2008

SHAKESPEARE sings! A Musical Play about the Life and Loves of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's intriguing life and death is highlighted by his scandalous love for a 'dark lady' and a 'man right fair'. The listener is transported back to Elizabethan England where the musical is centered on London's colourful world of street markets, taverns and the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth 1st and King James 1st; with a dramatic climax at the fiery destruction of Shakespeare's beloved Globe Theatre. Mansell's sparkling songs, romantic music, and clever dialogue (incorporating actual phrases from Shakespeare's works), brings refreshing life to the Bard's story. This musical audiobook is an ideal addition to the catalogues of all libraries, universities and schools, as well as to theatre-lovers and fans of Shakespeare's sonnets everywhere. CONTENTS: Author's Preface Act 1: 'Act 1 Fanfare' Introduction 'To Be or Not To Be' Stratford 1586 'Brave New World' 'London's a Great and Glorious City' London 1586 'All the World's a Stage' The Palace 1590 'Men, Men, Men!' The Palace 1590 continued 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow' The Palace Terrace 1590 'If Music Be the Food of Love' The Tower of London 1593 Deptford Strand 1593 'A Dark Lady' Mistress Bull's Tavern 1593 'Women and Wine' Marlowe's Murder (Brawl and 'Globe' construction) The Globe Theatre 1601 'The Power to Write' The Globe Theatre 1601 continued 'Two Loves Quartet' Westminster Abbey 1603 (Funeral) 'Brevity is the Soul of Wit' Westminster Abbey 1603 continued 'The King's Men' 'Fame and Fortune' (Coronation) Act 2: 'Act 2 Fanfare' London 1609 'A Scandal' London 1609 continued 'Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow' 'When in Disgrace' Stratford 1609 'Love is Blind' 'The Thrill of the Theatre' (Morris dancing) The Globe Theatre Fire 1610 Stratford 1616 'Second Best Bed' Stratford 1616 continued (Dream) 'Here We Wander in Illusions' 'All's Well that Ends Well' 'All the World's a Stage' reprise

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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh Audiobook

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh

Author: Ian Doescher Narrator: Various, Various Authors Release Date: October 2017

Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama-in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you'll be convinced it was written by the Bard. Cast of Narrators: Jessica Almasy Daniel Davis Jonathan Davis Ian Doescher Jeff Gurner Ralph Adriel Johnson Sean Kenin January LaVoy Marc Thompson

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What Blest Genius: The Jubilee That Made Shakespeare 2nd Edition Audiobook

What Blest Genius: The Jubilee That Made Shakespeare 2nd Edition

Author: Andrew Mcconnel Stott Narrator: John Lee Release Date: April 2019

In September 1769, three thousand people descended on Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the artistic legacy of the town's most famous son, William Shakespeare. Attendees included the rich and powerful, the fashionable and the curious, eligible ladies and fortune hunters, and a horde of journalists and profiteers. For three days, they paraded through garlanded streets, listened to songs and oratorios, and enjoyed masked balls. It was a unique cultural moment-a coronation elevating Shakespeare to the throne of genius. Except it was a disaster. The poorly planned Jubilee imposed an army of Londoners on a backwater hamlet peopled by hostile and superstitious locals, unable and unwilling to meet their demands. Even nature refused to behave. Rain fell in sheets, flooding tents and dampening fireworks, and threatening to wash the whole town away. Told from the dual perspectives of David Garrick, who masterminded the Jubilee, and James Boswell, who attended it, What Blest Genius? is rich with humor, gossip, and theatrical intrigue. Recounting the absurd and chaotic glory of those three days in September, Andrew McConnell Stott illuminates the circumstances in which William Shakespeare became a transcendent global icon.

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Vivat Rex: Volume One (Dramatisation): Landmark drama from the BBC Radio Archive Audiobook

Vivat Rex: Volume One (Dramatisation): Landmark drama from the BBC Radio Archive

Author: Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Martin Jenkins, William Shakespeare Narrator: , Richard Burton Release Date: February 2015

Richard Burton narrates this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published on CD for the very first time.Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Over the course of 26 instalments, each one narrated by Richard Burton with a full cast, the fortunes of the English Crown are followed through 225 years of British history, from Edward II’s accession in 1307 to the birth of Elizabeth I. This first volume includes the first 13 instalments, beginning with John Hurt’s portrayal of Edward II. The stellar cast includes John Hurt, Paul Eddington, Keith Michell, Derek Jacobi, Michael Redgrave, Maureen O’Brien, Patrick Troughton, Timothy West, Robert Hardy, Martin Jarvis, Anthony Quayle, Robert Harris, Robert Powell, June Whitfield, Roy Dotrice, Billie Whitelaw and Colin Baker. Each drama is adapted by Martin Jenkins from the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe and their Elizabethan contemporaries, and each includes a stirring musical score by Christopher Whelen. Also included in this collection are bonus interviews with Vivat Rex writer, producer and director, Martin Jenkins, studio manager Enyd Williams and actor Martin Jarvis, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

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Vivat Rex: Volume 2: Landmark drama from the BBC Radio Archive Audiobook

Vivat Rex: Volume 2: Landmark drama from the BBC Radio Archive

Author: Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Martin Jenkins, William Shakespeare Narrator: , Richard Burton Release Date: April 2015

Richard Burton narrates the second volume of this famous dramatic chronicle of the English Crown, a treasure of the BBC radio archive published on audio for the very first time.Vivat Rex is the landmark drama series first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Over the course of 26 instalments, each one narrated by Richard Burton with a full cast, the fortunes of the English Crown are followed through 225 years of British history, from Edward II’s accession in 1307 to the birth of Elizabeth I. Each drama is adapted by Martin Jenkins from the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe and their Elizabethan contemporaries.This second volume features the final 13 instalments, beginning with Martin Jarvis as Henry V and concluding with the birth of Elizabeth I. Vivat Rex includes a stirring musical score by Christopher Whelen.

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Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare) Audiobook

Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Author: Anne Tyler Narrator: Kirsten Potter Release Date: June 2016

'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that' Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr... When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself. 'I loved Kate and Pyotr and the way they discover the oversized, tender, irreverent relationship that fits them... It is joyful' Rachel Joyce 'Read her books and she can actually change your view, change how you see the world' Judy Finigan, Mail on Sunday 'Tyler writes with an apparent effortlessness which conceals great art' Helen Dunmore, Stylist 'Tyler's sentences are wholly hers, instantly recognisable and impossible to duplicate' Hanya Yanigihara, Observer 'A new novel from Tyler is always a treat' Daily Mail

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Venus And Adonis Audiobook

Venus And Adonis

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Full Cast Release Date: November 2020

William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. ‘O, learn to love, the lesson is but plain, And once made perfect, never lost again.’ Shakespeare’s great erotic poem tells the story of Venus' obsession with the handsome Adonis In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the boy hunter Adonis is the willing lover of Venus, the goddess of love, and dies accidentally. Shakespeare has Adonis reject Venus. Venus endlessly argues for making love, with Adonis uttering petulant protests. All of the Shakespeare plays within the ARGO Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts, and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations. Thurston Dart, Professor of Music at London University and a Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production. The full cast includes: Irene Worth; George Rylands; Ian Lang.

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Vanity Fair: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation Audiobook

Vanity Fair: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray, William Thackeray Narrator: Emma Fielding, Stephen Fry Release Date: November 2016

Stephen Fry narrates this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the famous Victorian comic novel. Orphan Becky Sharp and wealthy Amelia Sedley are best friends at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies. On leaving school, ambitious, social-climbing Becky looks for a rich man to support her, while the sweet-natured Amelia meets her old friend Dobbin, who is instantly captivated. Becky takes a job in the service of Sir Pitt Crawley, and uses her charm to hook his dashing son. However, marriage to Captain Rawdon of the Guards does not provide the fortune she seeks. Meanwhile, Amelia rejects the faithful Dobbin and becomes engaged to the handsome George Osborne – but destiny has some shocks in store for her, too. As time goes by, the girls' fortunes rise and fall. War, financial disaster and the ruin of her reputation leave the resourceful Beckyundaunted, but Amelia finds it harder to bear fate's blows. It will be many years before their story is played out, and their futures finally decided... William Makepeace Thackeray's classic satire of passion and ambition, first published in 1847 and 1848, is a deliciously ironic portrait of English society and its mores. This engaging 2004 radio production, published for the first time on audio, features a distinguished cast including Emma Fielding as Becky Sharp, Katy Cavanagh as Amelia and Toby Jones as Jos Sedley. Duration: 5 hours approx

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Two Gentlemen Of Verona Audiobook

Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: (null) Cast, A Full Cast, Peter Wyngarde Release Date: December 2003

He after honor hunts, I after love. He leaves his friends to dignify them more, I leave myself, my friends and all, for love. Proteus - Act I, Scene IA Shakespeare Society Production.The complete play in four acts.

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Twelfth Night: A BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama Audiobook

Twelfth Night: A BBC Radio 3 full-cast drama

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: , David Tennant, Naomi Frederick Release Date: July 2015

David Tennant stars as Malvolio in Shakespeare's comedy of disguise, madness and love.One of Shakespeare's happiest plays, Twelfth Night is both a comedy of misrule and a trenchant attack on puritanism. Disguise and deceit leads to misadventure, madness and mistaken love. Orsino loves Olivia, but she loves Cesario, who really does love Orsino (for Cesario is actually Viola). But Malvolio believes his mistress, Olivia, loves him, as he is a victim of a trick played on him by those who would make him mad. Naomi Frederick and Paul Ready are Viola and Orsino in his sparkling BBC Radio 3 production.

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