CD featuring historical recordings of actors from the beginning of the recording era.
This unique and unusual compilation contains some of the greatest recordings from the beginning of the recording era.
It includes a wide range of the works of Shakespeare, featuring Henry Irving, Ellen Tracy, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, John Barrymore, John Gielgud, Sybil Thorndike, Hugh Casson, Laurence Olivier and many more, with other memorable performances from Charles Laughton, Edith Evans, Laurel & Hardy, Bransby Williams, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Bernhardt, and others.
2 hours 5 minutes
Number of discs:
CD 1: Historical Shakespeare performances by Ainley, John Barrymore, Bourchier, Casson, Forbes-Robertson, John Gielgud (1920s and 1940s).
CD 2: A miscellany. Some startling historical performances in a wide range of works from Edith Evans, Charles Laughton, Noel Coward, Sarah Bernhardt, Fred Terry, Laurel and Hardy, Edwin Booth, Bransby Williams, Jean Cocteau, Feodor Chaliapin and others.