Following the success of The Essential Shakespeare Live, the RSC and the British Library present a second audio set of live Shakespeare recordings.

This two disc CD features scenes and speeches taken from RSC productions in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, recorded over a period of almost half a century. As with the first CD, all recordings are published for the first time.

Track Listing:

1) Othello (featuring Paul Robeson) - 10.05
2) Henry IV Part 1 (featuring Ian Holm) - 12.24
3) The Winter’s Tale (featuring Elizabeth Spriggs and Judi Dench) - 10.50
4) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (featuring Ben Kingsley and Frances de la Tour) - 7.45
5) Love’s Labour’s Lost (featuring Ian Richardson) - 2.57
6) The Merchant of Venice (featuring David Suchet) - 8.07
7) Measure for Measure (featuring Juliet Stevenson) - 6.53
8) Macbeth (featuring Jonathan Pryce and Sinead Cusack) - 5.49
9) Much Ado About Nothing (featuring Susan Fleetwood and Roger Allam) - 5.38
10) Troilus and Cressida (featuring Simon Russell Beale) - 5.20
11) Two Gentlemen of Verona (featuring Richard Moore) - 2.36


1) Henry VIII (featuring Jane Lapotaire) - 9.24
2) Timon of Athens (featuring Michael Pennington and Richard McCabe) - 8.23
3) King John (featuring Guy Henry) - 4.09
4) Pericles (featuring Ray Fearon) - 5.24
5) The Taming of the Shrew (featuring Alexandra Gilbreath and Jasper Britton) - 8.14
6) Cymbeline (featuring Anton Lesser) - 6.46
7) Antony and Cleopatra (featuring Harriet Walter and Patrick Stewart) - 8.20
8) King Lear (featuring Ian McKellen)- 6.42
9) Henry V (featuring Geoffrey Streatfeild and Alexia Healy) - 11.07
10) Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2 (featuring David Tennant and Oliver Ford-Davies) - 8.12


"What a treasure trove these discs prove for lovers of Shakespeare and great acting. In the new volume you can hear Paul Robeson’s magically voiced Othello, still sounding wonderfully fresh and sonorous 50 years on, and time travel through the decades right up to David Tennant’s Hamlet last year, with its magical mixture of sharp intelligence, humour and depth of feeling."
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

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