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Is he the world’s greatest playwright? Make up your own mind with these original, innovative productions & casts that would sell out the West End in minutes. Lend them your ears.

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Is he the world’s greatest playwright? Make up your own mind with these original, innovative productions & casts that would sell out the West End in minutes. Lend them your ears.

    The Two Noble Kinsmen

    The Two Noble Kinsmen

    JAILER'S DAUGHTER ..... Lyndsey Marshal
    EMILIA ..... Kate Phillips
    PALAMON ..... Blake Ritson
    ARCITE ..... Nikesh Patel
    THESEUS ..... Ray Fearon
    HIPPOLYTA ..... Emma Fielding
    JAILER ..... Hugh Ross
    PIRITHIOUS ..... Daniel Ryan
    WOOER ..... Oliver Chris
    QUEEN 1 ..... Susan Salmon
    QUEEN 2 ..... Sara Markland
    QUEEN 3/DOCTOR ..... Jane Whittenshaw
    COUNTRYMAN 1/FRIEND ..... Sam Dale
    ARTESIUS/COUNTRYMAN 2 ..... Carl Prekopp
    COUNTRYMAN 3/BROTHER ..... Pip Donaghy

    Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies
    Directed by Celia de Wolff
    A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3


    Music composed and performed by Tom Glenister and sung by Emma Mackey and Tom Glenister

    • 1 hr 52 min
    The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    JULIA ..... Lyndsey Marshal
    SILVIA ..... Kate Phillips
    PROTEUS ..... Blake Ritson
    VALENTINE ..... Nikesh Patel
    SPEED ..... Ray Fearon
    LUCETTA ..... Emma Fielding
    DUKE ..... Hugh Ross
    PANTHINO .....Daniel Ryan
    THURIO ..... Oliver Chris
    HOST ..... Sara Markland
    LAUNCE ..... Sam Dale
    EGLAMOUR ..... Carl Prekopp
    ANTONIO ..... Pip Donaghy

    Written by William Shakespeare

    Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies

    Sound design by David Thomas

    Directed by Celia de Wolff

    A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3, recorded on location in the Sussex Countryside.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Coriolanus: A tragic hero

    Coriolanus: A tragic hero

    A whistle-stop tour through Ancient Rome with writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes.

    • 4 min
    Coriolanus

    Coriolanus

    Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself. Coriolanus, a great martial hero, is banished by those he despises, the common people of Rome. Disaster must surely follow.

    Coriolanus . . . Trystan Gravelle
    Volumnia . . . Diana Rigg
    Menenius . . . James Fleet
    Cominius . . . Paul Hilton
    Sicinius . . . Tony Turner
    Brutus . . . Joel MacCormack
    Lartius . . . David Hounslow
    Aufidius . . . Ray Fearon
    Virgilia . . . Clare Corbett
    Valeria . . . Susan Jameson
    Gentlewoman . . . Franchi Webb
    with
    Michael Bertenshaw, Kenny Blyth, Joseph Ayre and Christopher Harper

    Directed by Marc Beeby

    Originally aired on BBC Radio 3.

    • 2 hrs 27 min
    Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    The original political thriller that re-imagines Brutus's betrayal of Caesar.



    Caesar - Tim Pigott-Smith

    Brutus, - Robert Glenister

    Cassius - Sam Troughton

    Mark Antony - Jamie Parker

    Casca - Philip Fox

    Portia - Fenella Woolgar

    Octavius - Wilf Scolding

    Calpurnia - Jessica Turner

    Lucius - Adam Thomas Wright



    Other parts were played by

    Sam Dale

    Neet Mohan

    David Acton

    Stephen Critchlow

    David Hounslow

    Chris Pavlo

    Mark Edel Hunt



    Produced by Marc Beeby

    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Exit Burbage

    Exit Burbage

    Imagine where we'd be without Shakespeare's plays. It's difficult to contemplate now. But it was thanks to another man that many of them were brought to life.



    Today, Richard Burbage is a not a household name. But he should be. He's the man for whom many of the great Shakespearean roles were created. One of the founding members of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, playing at the newly built Globe in 1599, he's one of the foundations upon which British theatre was built. Andrew Dickson talks to leading actors, rummages among the archives and dissects some of the greatest parts in acting to discover Burbage's crucial role - and realises that without Richard Burbage, there could be no Shakespeare.



    Producer: Penny Murphy

    • 44 min

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Such pleasure

I once worked on Bingo with John Gielgud as Shakespeare and Arthur Lowe as Ben Jonson

I once watched Harry Andrews as Lear in Bonds Lear.

I spent nearly nine months in Ian McKellens Hamllet

i played Harry in HenyIV part one. Roderrigo in Othelo

To listen to this poadcast recall the joy of Shakepeare and his language.

I have no problem with 50 50 gender acting companies just let the language last and the performers play.

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