Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Just want to say that this is a rare, uncut version of the play. Audible's other "Earnest" titles are of the abbreviated text usually performed. It's a real pleasure to hear Wilde's very witty lines - and a whole scene - which are routinely cut from productions.
If you already know "The Importance of Being Earnest" or other of Wilde's very funny plays, you'll be aware that the plot is pure fluff and silliness. I mean that in the very best way: Monty Python and P.G Wodehouse (What Ho, Jeeves!) owe a debt to Oscar Wilde.
This is obviously an older recording, but the sound is quite good. The performers are wonderful, tho perhaps less well-known that those on other versions. I enjoyed this thoroughly!
Oh, I was looking forward to this. I'm a great Shakespeare fan, and I had read a great deal about this unique solo performance. Thought I'd take a chance that something of the brilliance of this particular stage event would come through in the listening.
And, largely, it did! There just seems to be nothing that Alan Cumming cannot do! Of course, there's a bit of confusion here in not being able to watch his face and manner as he makes all the transformations, but, if you're pretty familiar with "Macbeth", it's worth the effort to imagine what it must have been like to see Cumming do it live. My greatest frustration in the listen was in fact this regret that I couldn't attend in person. Hope there will be a DVD, but I have no regrets in buying the Audible version of Cumming's "Macbeth".
"Twelfth Night" is one of the most delightful of Shakespeare's plays, and enough cannot be said about BBC Radio Shakespeare's performance!
Listening to any play has its disadvantages. In this production especially, there is a lot of mistaken identity and quick dialogue interchange that can cause confusion when the listener is unable to see these excellent actors. It's best, then, to follow a written copy of the play as one listens.
So, by all means listen. Even when they can't be viewed, the actors add so much to any experience of this wonderful language. There's music in this one as well.
The BBC radio productions of Shakespeare are quite a bargain on Audible. Dust off your "Collected Works", settle down to read and listen, and enjoy!