The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare - William Shakespeare - Unabridged Audio CD
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The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare
38 Fully-Dramatized Unabridged Plays on CD
Full Cast Production featuring almost 400 actors, most previous or present members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Eileen Atkins, Joseph Fiennes, Sir John Gielgud, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Howard, Jane Lapotaire, Amanda Root, David Tennant, Sophie Thompson, Samuel West, and Timothy West.
Shakespeare for the 21st century. For the very first time, all of Shakespeare's plays are accessible on CD in a complete set, yielded by a single creative team with state-of-the-art development and an extraordinary cast. Original music and subtle sound effects heighten the drama.
Spanning the arc of human experience from wide comedy to heartfelt tragedy, The Bard's timeless dramas become accessible, all-natural, and amazingly relevant as this great cast translates the nuances of Elizabethan English for the contemporary ear.
All 38 insightful, poetic, and entertaining plays are yielded in their entirety, based found on the authoritative Complete Pelican Shakespeare, under the guidance of scholars. The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare sound book, a multimillion dollar creation, five years in the creating, this really is the definitive sound Shakespeare.
Liner notes for each play include a summary of every scene, and a character and cast list.
Track points on each CD correspond to every act and scene for convenient reference.
Each play is packaged individually in a CD jewel case.
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labor's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
The Taming of the Shrew
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Antony & Cleopatra
Romeo & Juliet
Timon of Athens
Troilus & Cressida
Henry IV Part One
Henry IV Part Two
Henry VI Part One
Henry VI Part Two
Henry VI Part Three
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
About the Author William Shakespeare
(baptised April 26 1564 - died April 23 1616)
William Shakespeare (additionally spelled Shakspere, Shaksper, Shaxper, and Shake-speare, because that spelling in Elizabethan instances was not fixed and absolute) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, the son of John Shakespeare, a lucrative glover and alderman from Snitterfield, and of Mary Arden, a daughter of the gentry. His birth is assumed to have happened at the family apartment on Henley Street. Shakespeare's christening record dates to April 26 of that year. Because christenings were done within a limited days of birth, custom has settled on April 23 as his birthday. This date offers a advantageous symmetry because Shakespeare died found on the same day, April 23 (May 3 found on the Gregorian calendar), in 1616.
Shakespeare possibly attended King Edward VI Grammar School in central Stratford. While the standard of Elizabethan-era grammar universities was uneven, the school possibly would have provided an intense knowledge in Latin grammar and literature. It is presumed that the young Shakespeare attended this school, since because the son of the prominent town official he was entitled to do thus for free (although his attendance cannot be confirmed because the school's records have not survived). At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was twenty-six, on November 28, 1582. One document identified her as being "of Temple Grafton," near Stratford, and the wedding will have happened there. Two neighbours of Anne posted bond that there were no impediments to the wedding. There appears to have been some haste in arranging the ceremony, presumably because Anne was 3 months expecting.
After his wedding, Shakespeare left limited traces in the famous record until he appeared found on the London theatrical scene. Indeed, the late 1580s are recognised as Shakespeare's "lost years" because no evidence has survived to show where he was or why he left Stratford for London. On May 26, 1583, Shakespeare's initial child, Susanna, was baptised at Stratford. Twin youngsters, a son, Hamnet, along with a daughter, Judith, were baptised on February 2, 1585. Hamnet died in 1596.
London and theatrical career
By 1592 Shakespeare was a playwright in London; he had enough of the standing for Robert Greene to denounce him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is too capable to bombast out a blanke verse as the number one of you: and being an absolute Johannes factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey." (The italicised line parodies the phrase, "Oh, tiger's heart wrapped in a woman's hide" which Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI, piece 3.)
By late 1594 Shakespeare was an actor, author and part-owner of the playing organization, well-known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men - the business took its name, like others of the period, from its aristocratic sponsor, in this case the Lord Chamberlain. The group became prevalent enough that after the death of Elizabeth I and the coronation of James I (1603), the new monarch adopted the business and it became recognised as the King's Men. Shakespeare's composing shows him to indeed be an actor, with numerous words, words, and references to acting, but there isn't an educational approach to the art of theatre that may be expected.
By 1596 Shakespeare had moved to the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, and by 1598 he appeared at the best of the list of actors in Every Man in His Humour created by Ben Jonson. Also by 1598 his name started to appear found on the title pages of his plays, presumably as a marketing point.
There is a custom that Shakespeare, in addition to composing several of the plays his firm enacted, and being worried as part-owner of the business with company and financial details, continued to act in different components including the ghost of Hamlet's dad, Adam in ""As You Like It"", and as the Chorus in ""Henry V"".
He appears to have moved across the Thames River to Southwark sometime around 1599. By 1604, he had moved again, north of the river, where he lodged merely north of St Paul's Cathedral with a Huguenot family called Mountjoy. His home there is value noting because he helped arrange a wedding amongst the Mountjoys' daughter and their apprentice Stephen Bellott. Bellott later sued his father-in-law for defaulting on piece of the guaranteed dowry, and Shakespeare was called as a witness.
Various documents recording legal matters and commercial transactions show that Shakespeare grew wealthy enough during his remain in London to purchase a property in Blackfriars, London and own the second-largest home in Stratford, New Place.
Shakespeare's last 2 plays were created in 1613, after which he appears to have retired to Stratford. He died on April 23 1616, at the age of fifty-two, found on the same date (though not same day for England was nevertheless working under the Julian calendar) as Spanish author and poet Miguel de Cervantes. He moreover died on his birthday, if the speculation that he was born on April 23 is correct. He was married to Anne until his death and was survived by his 2 daughters, Susanna and Judith. Susanna wedded Dr John Hall, but there are no direct descendants of the poet and playwright alive now.
Shakespeare is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was granted the honour of burial in the chancel not on account of his fame as a playwright but for buying a share of the tithe of the church for £440 (a considerable sum of cash at the time). A monument placed by his family found on the wall nearest his grave attributes a bust of him posed in the act of composing. Each year on his reported birthday, a unique quill pen is placed in the composing hand of the bust.
He is believed to have created the epitaph on his tombstone:
Great friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest become the guy that spares these stones,
But cursed be he that moves my bones.