Stories from Shakespeare The Plantagenets by David Timson


Stories from Shakespeare The Plantagenets by David Timson

Naxos Audiobooks presents the history of the Plantagenets as seen through the eyes of Shakespeare. These easy-to-understand introductions feature key speeches and scenes from the plays themselves, and are very accessible for children approaching Shakespeare for the first time, as well as being an invaluable aid to the history of the Plantagenets, from Richard II to Richard III. This set covers: Richard II , Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V , Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3 and Richard III . It is read by an outstanding cast of English classical actors, and introduced by Anton Lesser.


Lesser leads an ensemble cast through eight Shakespeare plays, beginning with gloomy Richard II before moving on to Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI, concluding with the wicked but laughable Richard III. Elizabethan period music sets the dramatic scenes and provides a bridge between stories. In a mellow British accent and dignified pace, Lesser reads detailed prose versions of the plays. At strategic points, the ensemble actors create a sense of theater by declaiming the speeches word for word. Many of these interludes are famous monologues, but frequent dialogues add interest and variety. An accompanying booklet contains information about each play as well as a track-by-track guide (most helpful, as the back cover erroneously divides Henry V into three parts). This production, like four earlier Shakespeare recordings from Naxos, works both as a graceful pre-theater listening experience and a classroom resource. - Kristi Elle Jemtegaard, Booklist

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Running Time: 240 minutes


David Timson
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Publication date

1st December 2008



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