Shakespeare’s timeless story of revenge, corruption, and murder is considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Composed over 400 years ago, the tragic tale of young Prince Hamlet remains one of the theater’s most studied and performed works, presented here in a new full-cast recording, directed by Martin Jarvis and featuring a special appearance by Stacy Keach as The Ghost.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Josh Stamberg as Hamlet; Stephen Collins as King Claudius; JoBeth Williams as Queen Gertrude; Stacy Keach as The Ghost; Alan Mandell as Polonius; Emily Swallow as Ophelia; JD Cullum as Laertes; Matthew Wolf as Horatio; Mark Capri as Ambassador and others; Josh Clark as Gravedigger, Voltemand and others; Henri Lubatti as Rosencrantz and others; Jon Matthews as Guildenstern and others; Darren Richardson as Player Queen and others; André Sogliuzzo as Reynaldo and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in August 2011.
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If you are looking for a quality presentation of Hamlet, this is it! The reading is very well done and the pace moves quickly as not to bore the reader (10th grade students). I have used the audio every year now for 5 years and have not found a better one to use with our books. There are very few lines in this audio that are not in our book and the students react very well to the readers. It is hard to make kids like Shakespeare, but at least I stand a chance with this audio version. We do stop very often to discuss the language and what is going on, but as they get used to the language we can move further each time before discussion is needed. Very well done narrators, Bravo!
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