The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet; Matthew Wolf as Romeo; Julie White as Nurse; Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence; Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus; Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet; Josh Stamberg as Mercutio; Mark J. Sullivan as Benvolio and others; Logan Fahey as Tybalt and Balthasar; Alfred Molina as Chorus; Henry Clarke as Paris and others; Lily Knight as Lady Capulet; Janine Barris as Young Lady, Boy Page to Paris and others; Darren Richardson as Sampson and Peter; Alan Shearman as Lord Montague and others; André Sogliuzzo as Gregory and others; and Sarah Zimmerman as Lady Montague and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in January, 2012.
©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works
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It has been 45 years since I read this play. I have seen a couple movies based on the play but they really didn't to it justice. I found this audio book to present the play in an authentic, dynamic manner. I appreciate the cast and their wonderful work.
I was hesitant to start this audiobook because when I have seen Shakespeare written before I honestly found it a bit offputting. But, I've heard before that it was originally penned to be preformed - that it doesn't work nearly as well, in tempo of language or action when it's just words sitting on a page that you look at.
And after hearing this - straight through all at once - I entirely agree. I'm off now to explore what other plays audible has by this theater group.
This is a classic tale of romance, passion, and its victims done right. It has a top notch cast that makes it a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
It requires some patience to listen to a book written over 400 years ago. Language has evolved and it may require listening again to some parts to understand the context of archaic syntax and words. It was worth it -- to be familiar with such known quotations:
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
A part of star-cross'd lovers take their life.
Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said many, many times--Shakespeare is a master, this is one of his masterworks and the cast did a fantastic job.
Yes! I've been teaching Romeo and Juliet to 9th graders for a few years, and this year I finally decided to use an audiobook in class for some scenes instead of having students read it aloud. It's been so helpful already! It's good for the students to read it aloud themselves sometimes too, but hearing it the way it was meant to be read has really helped their understanding of the play and their engagement in the story. I am enjoying this version; it is well-performed and has captured and kept my students' attention.
I am very much a fan of Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet being among one of my favorites. I know the play well , but this performance seemed a little flat lacking passion that I've heard any other past performances.
The actors appeared to have limited knowledge of the words they were speaking and what they meant. It was like listening to performers delivering lines, but not conveying the emotion of those words or the scene they were acting.
I stopped listening to this audiobook at the balcony scene, which was lacking the emotion that Shakespeare penned.
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