The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.
"No life in this Lear."
The Comedy of Errors is likely the very first play Shakespeare ever wrote, and for that reason alone it deserves a special place in literary history. Yet, despite the author's lack of maturity, the play is unmistakably the work of a burgeoning master. A farce of a type that was wildly popular in Shakespeare's day, The Comedy of Errors transcends its genre, and is as accessible and as entertaining as any of the Bard's later comedies.
This tragedy of blood, deceit, and betrayal is one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s works and is regularly performed in theatres around the world. This audio dramatization is brought to you by a distinguished cast that includes Anthony Quayle, Ian Holm, Alec McCowen, and Stanley Holloway. Here, the voice and its subtle inflections are paramount. With no need for theatrical projection, listeners are provided with a rare intimacy that makes this beautifully nuanced performance that much more special.
A wrongly convicted murderer exacts a flawless plan of revenge. Headlights in a rear-view mirror tail a female traveler on a lonely stretch of road. A serial bride secures her future by marrying only the wealthiest of men. An escaped Iraqi with a price on his head pays an involuntary visit to his homeland. A brush with death proves the biggest break of an aspiring artist's career. Two strangers, struck by lust-at-first-sight, consider a myriad of possibilities for where the day will take them.
An imprisoned man is certain that his supposed murder victim is alive; a female driver is pursued by a menacing figure in another vehicle; a young artist gets a big break; a restless beauty manages the perfect birthday celebration; an escaped Iraqi on Saddam Hussein's death list pays a visit to his homeland. How will they react? How would you? Cleverly styled, with richly drawn characters and ingeniously plotted story lines, each of the 12 tales ends with a delightfully unexpected turn of events.