©1964, 1996 HarperCollinsPublishers
"full and worthy"
This is a 'vintage' recording- 60s or 70s, back when playing Shakespeare was a very serious buisness...
It's very servicable. Full text, good music but rather lacking in charecterisation, lightness and charm.
The BBC version and this sit well side-by-side, the BBC one is quite abridged and tidied up but otherwise superb- a good introduction.
This one gives you all of Shakespeare, a useful 'document'- but might be dull and offputting if this was your first experience of the play.
There is one one funny moment- Beatrice is railing on and Benedick is doing some impromptu interjecting and squeaks 'well- I mean-' in a rather unshakespearian tone- I'm afraid that's as close as this production gets to naturalism.
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