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William Shakespeare: Cymbeline

William Shakespeare: Cymbeline


Gillian Bevan (Cymbeline), Bethan Cullinane (Innogen), Hiran Abeysekera (Posthumus), Doreene Blackstock (Cornelia), Marcus Griffiths (Cloten), Oliver Johnstone (Iachimo), Kelly Williams (Pisanio), Graham Turner (Belarius), Natalie Simpson (Guideria), James Cooney (Arviragus), Byron Mondahl (Philario), Eke Chukwu (Caius Lucius)

Melly Still (stage director)

Britain is in crisis. Alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster. Can it be saved? An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline’s judgement is clouded. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a power-hungry figure plots to seize power by murdering them both. In exile Innogen's husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered. Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise and begins a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a long-lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.

- The Bard meets Brexit! - Ancient story of British resistance to the Roman Empire updated to the near-future - with Brexit undertones

- Extra Features: Interview with Melly Still; Shakespeare’s Ancient Britain; Director’s Commentary; Cast Gallery

Running time: 199 minutes

Subtitles: English

Sound format: LPCM 2.0, dts-HD Master Audio

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Opus Arte Royal Shakespeare Company - OABD7221D

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Shakespeare: The Tempest

Shakespeare: The Tempest


Simon Russell Beale (Prospero), Joe Dixon (Caliban), Mark Quartley (Ariel), Jenny Rainsford (Miranda), Simon Trinder (Trinculo), Tony Jayawardena (Stephano) & Oscar Pearce (Antonio)

Gregory Doran (director)

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production uses today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.

Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

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Opus Arte Royal Shakespeare Company - OABD7228D

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Shakespeare: King Lear

Shakespeare: King Lear


Antony Sher (King Lear), Kelly Williams (Regan), Nia Gwynee (Goneril), Natalie Simpson (Cordelia), Paapa Essiedu (Edmund), Oliver Johnstone (Edgar), David Troughton (Gloucester), James Clyde (Cornwall), Antony Byrne (Kent), Byron Mondahl (Oswald), Clarence Smith (Albany), Graham Turner (Fool)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.

A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.

Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by the RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

"Antony Sher is unbearably moving as the volatile king, in Gregory Doran’s stellar production full of standout performances" (The Guardian ****)

"‘A production that is bolted together with clarity, insight and a relish for the monumental" (The Telegraph ****)

Running time: 181 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio (Blu-ray)

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Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shakespeare: Hamlet


Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet), Natalie Simpson (Ophelia), Cyril Nri (Polonius), Clarence Smith (Claudius), Tanya Moodie (Gertrude), Hiran Abeysekera (Horatio), Marcus Griffiths (Laertes), Ewart James Walters (Ghost, Gravedigger), James Conney (Rosencrantz), Bethan Cullinane (Guildenstern), Kevin N Golding (Bernardo, Priest, Player King), Theo Ogundipe (Fortinbras, Marcellus, Lucianus), Doreene Blackstock (Player Queen), Marième Diouf (Cornelia, Player), Romayne Andrews (Osric), Eke Chukwu (Voltimand)

Simon Godwin (director)

Press Reviews

"It is an utterly engaging performance by Paapa Essiedu." (The Times ★★★★)

"... the percussive music of Sola Akingbola makes a vital contribution to a production that makes you feel, even if you are seeing Hamlet for the 50th time, that you are experiencing it anew." (The Guardian ★★★★)

"He's got it. Paapa Essiedu has that quality that makes you sit up and pay attention. His Hamlet is mischievous and flirtatious, charismatic and sarcastic. He's kind of obnoxious at times, true, but he also conveys the character's pain the mask falls and suddenly there are whole stanzas in his eyes.

Essiedu's Hamlet is a fresh prince, confident, cocky, compelling, hopping from foot to foot, fizzing like an aerosol can.

... an arresting, accessible and entertaining production, with a shooting star of a central performance." (The Stage ★★★★)

"This is a landmark production: Paapa Essiedu is the first black actor to play Hamlet for the RSC in its 55-year history. He is charismatic, capricious and compelling: an impulsive, arresting presence at the heart of a production that reframes the dilemmas in the play by setting it in an unnamed African state. " (The Financial Times)

"... the performances are terrific, though, with Natalie Simpson handing out strands of her ripped -out hair instead of herbs as a piercingly distraught Ophelia and Essiedu the most compelling youthful Hamlet since Ben Whishaw." (The Independent ★★★★)

"... Essiedu shines, borders on blazing ..." (The Daily Telegraph ★★★)

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William Shakespeare: Othello

William Shakespeare: Othello

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, June, 2015


Hugh Quarshie (Othello), Lucian Msamati (Iago), Joanna Vanderham (Desdemona) & Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Cassio)

Iqbal Khan (director)

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.

Lucian Msamati makes theatrical history in being the first black actor ever to play Iago at the RSC.

Extra features: Includes The Story of Othello, Director's commentary and A Cast Gallery.

Running time: 180 minutes

Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround

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Shakespeare: Henry V

Shakespeare: Henry V

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2015.


Alex Hassell (King Henry V), Jane Lapotaire (Queen Isobel), Sarah Parks (Mistress Quickly), Leigh Quinn (Alice), Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Fluellen), Simon Thorp (King of France), Anthony Byrne (Pistol), Sean Chapman (Exeter), Oliver Ford Davies (Chorus) & Robert Gilbert (Dauphin)

Gregory Doran (director)

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes will unite his country.

- Following his performance as Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II Alex Hassell returns as Henry V

- Extra Features: Includes a cast gallery.

Running time: 162 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2015


Makram J Khoury (Shylock), Nadia Albina (Nerissa), Scarlett Brookes (Jessica), Patsy Ferran (Portia), Owen Findlay (Salerio), Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Bassanio), David Ajao (Jailer), Jamie Ballard (Antonio), James Corrigan (Lorenzo), Eva Feiler (Citizen of Venice), Guy Hughes (Leonardo/Servant) & Brian Protheroe (Aragon)

Polly Findlay (director)

In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made.

When the gold is flowing, all is well – but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over.

A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood.

Running time: 152 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Shakespeare: Love’s Labours (Special Edition)

Shakespeare: Love’s Labours (Special Edition)

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2015


Love’s Labour’s Lost

Sam Alexander (King of Navarre), Peter Basham (Gamekeeper), William Belchambers (Longaville), Edward Bennett (Berowne), Nick Haverson (Costard), Emma Manton (Jaquenetta), John Hodgkinson (Don Armado), Tunji Kasim (Dumaine)

Christopher Luscombe (director)

Loves Labour’s Won

Sam Alexander (Don John), David Horovitch (Leonato), Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice), Tunji Kasim (Claudio), Chris Nayak (Borachio), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero) & Nick Haverson (Dogberry)

Simon Godwin (director)


Royal Shakespeare Company

Containing Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost and Love’s Labours Won, this double set features outstanding Royal Shakespeare Company productions available at mid-price for the very first time.

Running time: 2 hours 38 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2015


Sam Alexander (King of Navarre), Peter Basham (Gamekeeper), William Belchambers (Longaville), Edward Bennett (Berowne), Nick Haverson (Costard), Emma Manton (Jaquenetta), John Hodgkinson (Don Armado), Tunji Kasim (Dumaine)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Christopher Luscombe (director)

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Shakespeare's sparkling comedy delights in championing and then unravelling an unrealistic vow, and mischievously suggesting that the study of the opposite sex is in fact the highest of all academic endeavours.

Running time: 140 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Shakespeare: Love’s Labours Won or Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare: Love’s Labours Won or Much Ado About Nothing

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 2015


Sam Alexander (Don John), David Horovitch (Leonato), Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice), Tunji Kasim (Claudio), Chris Nayak (Borachio), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero) & Nick Haverson (Dogberry)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon Godwin (director)

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers returns from the trenches. The world weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own rather more combative courtship.

Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.

Running time: 148 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Running time: 148 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte Royal Shakespeare Company - OABD7178D

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