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Nice recordings of great plays!
on 17 May 2012
Let's get this out of the way first - I love Shakespeare, and particularly the tragedies, and I'm reviewing this product from that point of view.
It's a great set of radio plays, put together especially for radio, and ideal for car journeys (I have an hour long commute each day). As is expected these days, the shows are given different settings - listen out for the machine guns in Julius Caesar - to liven them up (and it feels like they might well have been chosen to give the plays a bit of a soundscape, a la the aforementioned guns).
Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Julius Caesar are among my favourite Shakespeare plays, and probably the only qualm I have here is that I'm not sure The Tempest is even a tragedy, and it's certainly not Hamlet, which is the play obviously missing here, or even Othello.
Overall though, I really enjoyed listening here, and would imagine that even someone who isn't the fan I am would get some enjoyment, too.
Actually, the line-up isn't my only qualm - Mark Antony being a bit wet didn't go down that well with me, either, as I once played him on stage and I love the guy!