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  • King Richard the Third | William Shakespeare

    King Richard the Third

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Robert Stephens, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, full cast
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    A tragedy, a comedy, and a history all rolled into one, the story of the tyrannical Richard III ranks among Shakespeare's most popular plays. Opening with the famous "Now is the winter of our discontent" soliloquy, this masterful work follows its antihero as he plots to steal the throne of England, causing murder and mayhem all along the way. A full cast, including Robert Stephens and Dame Peggy Ashcroft, brings this devilishly entertaining work to life.

    John McGovern says: "Stephens is fantastic"
  • The Winter's Tale | William Shakespeare

    The Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, full cast
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    A king's mad jealousy tears his family apart in this rich, tragicomic play, one of Shakespeare's last. When King Leontes suspects his wife, Hermione, has been unfaithful, he sends her to prison, where she gives birth to a daughter. Assuming the baby is not his, Leontes orders that she be left to die on a desert shore. He spends the next 16 years grieving over his error, until the fateful day his long-lost daughter Perdita returns.

    WL Rubink says: "Audio not up to par"
  • The Garden Party | Katherine Mansfield

    The Garden Party

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Katherine Mansfield
    • Narrated By Dame Peggy Ashcroft
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    This recording contains four of Katherine Mansfield's best stories. In The Daughter of the Late Colonel, two sisters are recently bereaved; while in Her First Ball a young girl attends her first dance. The Singing Lesson features Miss Meadows, a music teacher in turmoil; and in The Strangers, a middle-aged couple are reunited.

  • Richard III | William Shakespeare

    Richard III

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Robert Stephens
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    Richard III is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1591, depicting the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England. The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such.The play begins with Richard describing the accession to the throne of his brother, King Edward IV of England, eldest son of the late Richard, Duke of York.

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