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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • Richard II (Dramatized)
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Samuel West, Joss Ackland, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to tell which character is speaking

  • By Laurie on 10-02-10

Very Well Done

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-17

The first half hour is a little slow but this is a top notch production. Sam West makes a great Richard

  • BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • King Lear (Dramatized)
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Colin Redgrave, Geraldine James, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Double Tragedy

  • By M. W. Roberts on 02-11-10

great play, cast

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

redgrave is phenomenal as Lear. Kent, Gloucester, the fool and Edgar are also wonderful. highly recommend

  • BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • Julius Caesar (Dramatized)
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Gerard Murphy, Stella Gonet, Nicholas Farrell, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance

  • By John McGovern on 07-17-16

Great performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-16

I've listened to maybe a dozen of these BBC Shakespeares and Julius Caesar is one of the best. I think Caesar, Brutus and Cassius in particular are extraordinarily good. Mark Anthony isn't quite as strong, and the ostensibly 1924 setting seems superfluous (you can hear that the characters are driven in cars and microphones are used during Caesar's funeral but that's about it). But really this is just nitpicking. Highly recommend