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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: The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice


Jonathan Pryce (Shylock), Rachel Pickup (Portia), Daniel Lapaine (Bassanio), Dominic Mafham (Antonio), Phoebe Pryce (Jessica), David Sturzaker (Gratiano), Brian Martin (Salarino), Christopher Logan (Prince of Arragon), Ben Lamb (Lorenzo), Scott Karim (Prince of Morocco), Philip Cox (Balthasar), Stefan Adegbola (Lancelot Gobbo)

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe, May 2015.

Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.

Running time: 154 minutes

Subtitles: EN

Sound format: Dolby Stereo & Dolby Surround

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William Shakespeare: Measure For Measure

William Shakespeare: Measure For Measure

Recorded live at the Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015


Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Juliet), Kurt Egyiawan (Angelo), Trevor Fox (Pompey), Mariah Gale (Isabella), Dennis Herdman (Froth / Friar Thomas), Rosie Hilal (Mariana), James Lailey (Abhorson / Friar Peter), Joel MacCormack (Claudio), Petra Massey (Mistress Overdone), Dean Nolan (Elbow / Barnadine), Brendan O’Hea (Lucio), Paul Rider (Escalus) & Dominic Rowan (Duke Vincentio)

Dominic Dromgoole (director)

Shakespeare set this darkest of comedies in Vienna to cloak a scathing critique of hypocrisy in the corrupt authority of his own London. Purity and mercy do win out in the end, but not before audiences are treated to the lighter side of depravity in a ‘riotously enjoyable’ (The Independent) ‘crowd-pleasing saucy romp’ (Evening Standard). In this, his Globe Theatre farewell, director Dominic Dromgoole’s ‘buoyant production’ (Guardian) casts a Mariah Gale ‘so centred and self-possessed that Isabella’s conviction seems to reach every corner of the house without once turning cloying’ (New York Times).

Running time: 163 minutes

Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround

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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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William Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

Recorded live at the Shakespeare’s Globe, June 2015


Simon Harrison (Antipholus of Syracuse), Matthew Needham (Antipholus of Ephesus), Jamie Wilkes (Dromio of Ephesus), Brodie Ross (Dromio of Syracuse), Hattie Ladbury (Adriana), Becci Gemmell (Luciana)

Blanche McIntyre (director)

Based on a farce by the Roman playwright Plautus, The Comedy of Errors is the Bard’s most madcap comedy – a work full of slapstick humour and rich characterisation that centres around two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. Featuring Renaissance costumes as well as contemporaneous staging, Blanche McIntyre’s debut production for the Globe ‘sparkles with wit and invention’ (WhatsOnStage), with standout performances from Matthew Needham (‘who brings a compelling fluency’ to the role of Antipholus of Ephesus’), Simon Harrison as his bewildered brother, and Hattie Ladbury who ‘elegantly articulates the lofty ideals and passions of his wife Adriana’ (Evening Standard).

- Hilarious, anarchic production based on an original Roman farce by Plautus.

- Extra features: A Cast Gallery.

Running time: 131 minutes

Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround

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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

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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

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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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