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The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare | [William Shakespeare]

The Winter's Tale: Arkangel Shakespeare

King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.
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King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.

One of the late romances in Shakespeare's canon, this complex work is at times tragic, at times humorous, but always entertaining and enlightening.

Sinead Cusack plays Hermione, and Ciaran Hinda plays Leontes. Eileen Atkins is Paulina and Paul Jesson is Polixenes. Time the Chorus is played by Sir John Gielgud.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    David 03-14-15
    David 03-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Exit, pursued by a bear!"

    "Is whispering nothing? Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses? Kissing with inside lip? Stopping the career Of laughter with a sigh?—a note infallible Of breaking honesty;—horsing foot on foot? Skulking in corners? wishing clocks more swift; Hours, minutes; noon, midnight? and all eyes Blind with the pin and web but theirs, theirs only, That would unseen be wicked?—is this nothing? Why, then the world and all that's in't is nothing; The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing; My is nothing; nor nothing have these nothings, If this be nothing."

    I can see why this play is called "complex" and "problematic." The tone shifts completely from the first act to the last. It begins as a tragedy in which King Leontes becomes irrationally convinced that his wife, Hermione, has been committing adultery with his best friend, the King of Bohemia, and that her child is that of Polixenes. This leads to a lot of death and misery, which makes the final act, in which everyone is reconciled, a miracle occurs, and the play ends with a Happy Ever After more typical of Shakespeare's more straightforward comedies, almost dissonant.

    That and the fact that it has few of Shakespeare's famous quotable lines is probably the reason why it's one of his less frequently performed plays, but I think it's a great and twisty tale, and if the ending was a bit deux ex machina, it's still rich in humor and tragedy, and well worth listening to.

    "Exit, pursued by a bear!"

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    Ark1836 05-27-15
    Ark1836 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Lesser Known Shakespeare Gem"
    Would you listen to The Winter's Tale again? Why?

    I will listen to The Winter's Tale again in a year or two. Shakespeare was the master of the English language--his witticism and story telling ability is masterful. While this story is not one of his better known ones, its still very good and worth the listen. The cast did a fantastic job emoting the story without having to see them.


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    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 03-21-15
    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely story with great voice casting"

    I did not know this play at all, although I really love Shakespeare. Beautiful cast and wonderfully performed! You won't be disappointed.

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    Elliott Coastal Georgia 01-19-15
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    "What's not to enjoy?"
    If you could sum up The Winter's Tale in three words, what would they be?

    A world class audio performance of a seldom performed work by The Bard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing throughout the work was excellent. Yes, this has undoubtedly been edited, but most performances of Shakespeare are trimmed for the stage as well.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The interplay between Gielgud and Cusack is very good. The entire ensemble is very well cast.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An excellent choice for a broad audio library!


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