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2016 marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and to celebrate Decca is pleased to offer this limited edition 100 CD box set of the complete Shakespeare. Re-mastered from the original Argo recordings and for the first time on CD, the original recordings were made by The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players featuring such acclaimed actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer and many more.
All 37 plays spread over 93 discs
2 discs containing all 154 Sonnets
5 discs dedicated to the 4 narrative poems
First edition certification
Alls Well That Ends Well
A Midsummer Nights Dream
As You Like It
Loves Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
The Comedy of Errors
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Taming of The Shrew
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winters Tale
Henry IV Part 1
Henry IV Part 2
Henry VI Part 1
Henry VI Part 2
Henry VI Part 3
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo & Juliet
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
Sonnets and Poems
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, 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.
Organizations both nationwide and globally are coming together to celebrate the qua-tercentenary of the worlds most famous poet and playwright.
Decca will be working alongside Shakespeare400, a season of cultural and artistic events across 2016, celebrating four hundred years of Shakespeare, his creative achievement and his profound influence on creative culture across the centuries. It is the collective endeavor of a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, working closely together to express the impact of Shakespearean creativity on the widest range of artistic forms.
The New York Times
Beautifully read, the music of the verse becomes explicit.
Argo's fine series of complete Shakespeare recordings with the Marlowe Society has now firmly established the highest of standards.
I regard it as an important triumph for the study of English verse that the director has been able to represent its actual structure.
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