Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.
"Sparknotes is genius."
Paul Scofield, Siobhan McKenna and John Neville perform Twelfth Night. This is Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores - only to be pursued by the woman he loves.
"Loved it "
These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist. The Winter's Tale: one man's consuming jealousy threatens to destroy both himself and those around him, but his actions arouse a passionate sense of honour, love, justice and self-sacrifice in members of his Court and family. First broadcast in 1982, starring Ronald Pickup as Leontes, with Hannah Gordon as Hermione and John Gielgud as Time.
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."
These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.
Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since. This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....
"Keep it private"
"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas...until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life overnight. You know the story; now experience the marvel of the book.
An award-winning dramatisation of the first adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. A boy and a girl are tricked into using magic rings whilst a beautiful and terrifying queen escapes from a dying world. A lion, the Great Lion Aslan, sings a new world into existence. And so Narnia is born, and already dark treachery threatens its future.
From the master of the short story and lyric poem comes this rare treasury of Edgar Allan Poe classics. The outstanding works "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "Annabelle Lee", "Eldorado", and "The Bells" illustrate Poe's meticulous sense of construction, with the signature themes of romance and melancholy that characterized his short and troubled life.
An award-winning dramatisation of the second adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. A forgotten wardrobe becomes the pathway to adventure and intrigue as four children step into another time and place. An evil White Witch holds the land in an endless winter before the Great Lion Aslan comes to make the ultimate sacrifice.
"good story to listen in night."
Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother.
This story's orphaned hero, Pip, who undergoes change and growth, progressing from thoughtless selfishness to humble industry and generosity, is one of Dickens's best-loved characters. "It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home," finding himself apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law and "dusty with the dust of small coal."
I am a man more sinned against than sinning.
"A true classic"
This quintessential Christmas tale shows Dickens at his dazzling and provocative best, leaving Scrooge no doubts about the true spirit of Christmas, nor about the perils of ignoring the insistent ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.
A pauper's child reared in a workhouse, Oliver serves an apprenticeship in a loveless house. Despairing, he runs away and is befriended by a gang of young pickpockets who offer him the only welcome home he has ever known. Falling under the influence of villainous company, the young orphan struggles to escape from a life of poverty and crime, and find the love he longs for.
An award-winning dramatisation of the third adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. A young boy makes his escape from slavery with a talking horse, as a mysterious lion shadows their every move. Meanwhile, a treacherous prince wages war against an unsuspecting Narnia.
"My children love these dramatisations."
An award-winning dramatisation of the fourth adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. A young prince learns the truth of his father?s murder, and his ragtag army rallies to restore the throne to their rightful king. As he vows to revive Narnia, four strangers from another world are thrown into war...
An award-winning dramatisation of the fifth adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. Three children are pulled into a magic picture, and join with a young king on a noble voyage to find his missing lords. Uncharted lands are discovered with dragons, wizards, strange creatures and dark nightmares...
An award-winning dramatisation of the sixth adventure in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series, with cinema-quality sound, original orchestration, and a stellar cast. A missing prince...a mysterious Green Lady...an underground world of gnomes and terrifying giants...and an enchantment that must be broken by three unlikely companions on a perilous quest.
Esther Summerson is an orphan who comes to live with John Jarndyce and is a companion to his wards Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, who are in love. Soon a mysterious connection comes to light between Esther and Lady Dedlock and the romantic tangle of trails is followed by three unforgettable sleuths, Guppy, Tulkinghorn and Bucket. When Lady Deadlock's astonishing secrets are revealed it becomes plain that she has been concealing an all-too-passionate past.