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Shakespeare - The Complete Works

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 254783506

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 100

Release Date: 12th August 2016

Contents

Artists

The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players
Max Adrian
Peggy Ashcroft
Christine Baker
Jill Balcon
John Barton
Donald Beves
John Burrow
Tony Church
William Devlin
Frank Duncan
John Gielgud
Wendy Gifford
Derek Godfrey
Joan Hart
Michael Hordern
Derek Jacobi
David King
Ian Lang
Miles Malleson
Richard Marquand
Denis McCarthy
Ian McKellen
John Nettleton
Trevor Nunn
Peter Pears
Corin Redgrave
Diana Rigg
George Rylands
Prunella Scales
Paul Scofield
William Squire
Anthony White
John Dover Wilson
John Wood
Irene Worth
Patrick Wymark

Works

Shakespeare, William

A Lover's Complaint
A Midsummer Night's Dream
All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Henry IV (Part I)
Henry IV (Part II)
Henry VI (Part 1)
Henry VI (Part 2)
Henry VI (Part 3)
Henry VIII
Henry V
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Love's Labour's Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Pericles
Richard III
Richard II
Romeo and Juliet
Sonnets (154) (Complete)
The Comedy of Errors
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Rape of Lucrece
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter's Tale
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Venus and Adonis

Artists

The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players
Max Adrian
Peggy Ashcroft
Christine Baker
Jill Balcon
John Barton
Donald Beves
John Burrow
Tony Church
William Devlin
Frank Duncan
John Gielgud
Wendy Gifford
Derek Godfrey
Joan Hart
Michael Hordern
Derek Jacobi
David King
Ian Lang
Miles Malleson
Richard Marquand
Denis McCarthy
Ian McKellen
John Nettleton
Trevor Nunn
Peter Pears
Corin Redgrave
Diana Rigg
George Rylands
Prunella Scales
Paul Scofield
William Squire
Anthony White
John Dover Wilson
John Wood
Irene Worth
Patrick Wymark

About

This complete and unabridged collection of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, performed by The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players, plus all of the 154 Sonnets combined with the 4 narrative poems comes together to create an ultimate collection in one boxset. The recordings feature celebrated actors such as Sir John Gielgud, Richard Pasco, Dame Prunella Scales, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Trevor Nunn, Oscar winner Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Patrick Wymarck, Sir Derek Jacobi and more.

The recordings were originally released on Argo Records and contain readings by The Marlowe Dramatic Society, recorded in the late 1950s and into the 1960s.  As a tribute to the life of William Shakespeare there is no better time to make these well-regarded recordings available on CD and in digital formats for the very first time.

'Argo’s fine series of complete Shakespeare recordings with the Marlowe Society has now firmly established the highest of standards.'
– The Guardian

'The job could hardly have been done better.' – The Observer

'Beautifully read, the music of the verse becomes explicit.' – New York Times

Includes:

- All 37 plays spread over 93 discs

- 2 discs containing all 154 Sonnets

- 5 discs dedicated to the 4 narrative poems

- First edition certification

- 200 page booklet includes:

- Foreword and historically accurate background notes edited by Professor Gordon McMullan, Kings College

- Article on the history of the Argo Shakespeare Recordings by Dr Tony Wakeford

- Historical content, photographs and press reviews from the original release.

- Full cast list for each play

- Timeline — Key events

- Index of works for easy navigation around the set

- Synopsis of each play

The Marlowe Society is one of Cambridge’s oldest and most prestigious drama societies. Since its creation in 1907, the society has had a profound influence on British theatre, both by producing some of the country’s most renowned actors and directors – including, among others, Trevor Nunn, Peter Hall, Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen – and by redefining the relationship between modern dramatists and early modern verse.

Professor Gordon McMullan specialises in Shakespeare and early modern theatre and culture.  He is a general textual editor of the Norton Shakespeare and a general editor of Arden Early Modern Drama.  He also co-runs the London Shakespeare Seminar and is a longstanding member of the steering committee of the London Renaissance Seminar. The MA in Shakespeare Studies, taught jointly with Shakespeare’s Globe, created and convened by McMullan, celebrated its first decade in 2010. McMullan is a founding member of the London Shakespeare Centre, launched at King’s in 2009.

Contents and performers:

Comedies

CD 1-2 All’s Well That Ends Well
Max Adrian, Michael Hordern, Prunella Scales

CD 3-4 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ian McKellen, Trevor Nunn, Prunella Scales

CD 5-6 As You Like It
John Barton, Tony Church

CD 7-9 Love’s Labour’s Lost
Diana Rigg, Prunella Scales

CD 10-12 Measure for Measure
Derek Jacobi

CD 13-14 Much Ado About Nothing
Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, Peter Pears

CD 15-16 Pericles
Prunella Scales, Patrick Wymark

CD 17-18 The Comedy of Errors
Denis McCarthy, Prunella Scales

CD 19-20 The Merchant of Venice
Donald Beves, Christine Baker

CD 21-22 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Tony Church, Patrick Wymark

CD 23-24 The Taming of The Shrew
Peggy Ashcroft, David King

CD 25-26 The Tempest
Michael Hordern, Ian Lang

CD 27-28 The Two Gentlemen of Verona
John Barton, George Rylands

CD 29-30 The Winter’s Tale
Ian McKellen, Corin Redgrave

CD 31-32 Twelfth Night
Derek Godfrey, Peter Pears, Prunella Scales

History Plays

CD 33-34 Henry IV Part 1
Corin Redgrave, Paul Scofield

CD 35-37 Henry IV Part 2
Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, John Wood

CD 38-40 Henry V
Ian McKellen, Trevor Nunn, Prunella Scales

CD 41-43 Henry VI Part 1
Richard Marquand, John Nettleton

CD 44-46 Henry VI Part 2
Trevor Nunn, Patrick Wymark

CD 47-49 Henry VI Part 3
Richard Marquand, Patrick Wymark

CD 50-52 Henry VIII
Frank Duncan, Trevor Nunn, Prunella Scales

CD 53-55 King John
Michael Hordern, Richard Marquand

CD 56-58 Richard II
John Barton, Irene Worth

CD 59-61 Richard III
Corin Redgrave, Prunella Scales

Tragedies

CD 62-64 Antony and Cleopatra
Ian McKellen, Diana Rigg, Prunella Scales

CD 65-67 Coriolanus
John Barton, Tony Church

CD 68-70 Cymbeline
Denis McCarthy, Trevor Nunn

CD 71-74 Hamlet
Miles Malleson, Trevor Nunn

CD 75-76 Julius Caesar
Tony Church, John Dover Wilson

CD 77-79 King Lear
William Devlin, Prunella Scales

CD 80-81 Macbeth
Derek Jacobi, Irene Worth

CD 82-84 Othello
Wendy Gifford, Irene Worth

CD 85-87 Romeo & Juliet
Corin Redgrave, Prunella Scales

CD 88-89 Timon of Athens
Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Corin Redgrave

CD 90-91 Titus Andronicus
Jill Balcon, William Devlin

CD 92-94 Troilus and Cressida
Wendy Gifford, Irene Worth

Sonnets

CD 95-96 Sonnets 1-154
John Barton, Tony Church, George Rylands, Anthony White

Poems

CD 97 A Lover’s Complaint, The Phoenix and The Turtle
Joan Hart, William Squire, John Burrow

CD 98-99 The Rape of Lucrece
Peggy Ashcroft

CD 100 Venus and Adonis
Irene Worth

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