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Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 1

Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 1

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2014


Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Jasper Britton (King Henry), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly), Trevor White (Hotspur), Antony Nyrne ( (Earl of Worcester), Sean Chapman (Earl of Northumberland/Earl of Douglas), Jennifer Kirby (Lady Percy), Sam Marks (Ned Poins), Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon), Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Owen Glendower), Robert Gilbert (Lord Edmund Mortimer/Carrier), , Jonny Glynn (Rakehell), Nicolas Gerard-Martin (Carrier/Sir Michael), Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt/Lord Chief Justice), Keith Osborn (Archbishop of York), Youseff Kerkour (Earl of Westmoreland/Ostler), Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain/Vintner), Lee Quinn (Traveller)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war.

Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters.

As his father prepares to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff.

With the onset of war, Hal and Falstaff are thrust into the brutal reality of the battlefield, where Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

Running time: 168 minutes

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Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 2

Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 2

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2014


Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Jasper Britton (King Henry), Antony Byrne (Rumour/Porter/Pistol), Sean Chapman (Earl of Northumberland), Paola Denisotti (Mistress Quickly), Nia Gwynne (Doll Tearsheet/Lady Northumberland), Old Ford Davies (Jusitce Shallow), Robert Gilbert (Travers/Sir John Coleville), Jonny Glynn (Morton/Earl of Warwick/Shadow), Nicholas Gerard-Martin (Lord Hastings/Feeble/Davy), Jim Hooper (Justice Silence/Gower), Jinnfier Kirby (Lady Percy), Sam Marks (Ned Poins), Keith Osborn (Archbishop of York), Youssef Kerkour (Earl of Westmoreland/Fang/Bullcalf), Leigh Quinn (Wart/Duke of Gloucester), Joshua Richards (Bardolph), Luca Saraceni-Gunner (Falstaff's Page)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface.

Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than the responsibility of rule.

Sir John Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Amongst the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets.

As the King's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend.

Running time: 168 minutes

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Shakespeare: Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

Shakespeare: Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2014


Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Jasper Britton (King Henry)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

Containing Shakespeare's Henry IV parts 1 and 2, this double set features outstanding Royal Shakespeare Company productions available at mid-price for the very first time.

Running time: 6 hours 10 minutes

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William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe, London June 2013.


including:

Kampen:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental Music


John Light (Oberon / Theseus), Pearce Quigley (Bottom), Michelle Terry (Titania / Hippolyta), Luke Thompson (Lysander), Matthew Tennyson (Puck), Tom Lawrence (Snout), Christopher Logan (Flute) & Sarah MacRae (Helena)

Director Dominic Dromgoole

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

Michelle Terry won the 2011 Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007).

This production uses Renaissance costumes and staging.

Extra features: Includes a cast gallery.

Running time: 172 minutes

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William Shakespeare: Macbeth

William Shakespeare: Macbeth


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Fox, O:

Macbeth, Incidental music

Recorded live at Shakespeare Globe, London, June 2013.


Joseph Millson (Macbeth), Samantha Spiro (Lady Macbeth), Stuart Bowman (Macduff), Billy Boyd (Banquo), Gawn Grainger (Duncan), Philip Cumbus (Malcolm) & Finty Williams (Lady Macduff)

Eve Best (director)

When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.

From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.

This production employs Renaissance costumes and staging.

Directorial debut at the Globe by distinguished theatre, film & TV actress Eve Best.

Stars double Olivier Award winner Samantha Spiro as Lady Macbeth.

Extra features: A cast gallery.

Running time: 147 minutes

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William Shakespeare: The Tempest

William Shakespeare: The Tempest

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, June 2013


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Warbeck:

The Tempest, incidental music


Roger Allam (Prospero), Jason Baughan (Antonio), Jessie Buckley (Miranda), Sam Cox (Stephano), James Garnon (Caliban), Colin Morgan (Ariel), Trevor Fox (Trinculo)

Jeremy Herrin (director)

Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and his deformed slave Caliban. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this perfidious brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach.

Imbued with a spirit of magic and the supernatural, The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenment.

Jeremy Herrin’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes 2011’s much loved Much Ado About Nothing. Roger Allam won the Olivier Award for best actor for his role as Falstaff in Henry IV parts 1 & 2 at the Globe in 2010. Other recent credits include The Thick of It (BBC) and Tamara Drewe (Film). Colin Morgan is best known for playing Merlin in the long running BBC series Merlin.

Extra features: A cast gallery.

Running time: 161 minutes

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Shakespeare: Richard II

Shakespeare: Richard II

Recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, November 2013.


David Tennant (Richard), Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Oliver Ford Davies (Duke of York), Michael Pennington (John of Gaunt), Emma Hamilton (The Queen), Jane Lapotaire (Duchess of Gloucester), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Groom), Antony Byrne (Mowbray), Sean Chapman (Northumberland), Marty Cruickshank (Duchess of York), Gracy Goldman (Lady in Waiting), Marcus Griffiths (Greene), Jim Hooper (Bishop of Carlisle), Youssef Kerkour (Willoughby), Jake Mann (Bagot), Sam Marks (Bushy), Miranda Nolan (Lady in Waiting), Keith Osborn (Scroop), Joshua Richards (Ross/Lord Marshall), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), Simon Thorp (Salisbury) and Edmund Wiseman (Harry Percy)

Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran (director)

Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role of 'a definitive production of a great play' (Daily Mail)

Extra features: David Tennant interview, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.

Running time: 162 minutes

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Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict

Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict

Tony Britten & John Hurt


James Gilchrist, Iain Burnside, Raphael Wallfisch, Ronan Collett, Benyounes String Quartet

This drama documentary explores the pacifism nurtured at Gresham’s School that was such a powerful influence on composer Benjamin Britten’s life and work. Episodes from his schooling and early career, illustrated by performances of his music and unique observations from experts and friends, help us understand his growing pacifism.

The film features performances of Britten’s music by tenor James Gilchrist with pianist Iain Burnside, the Benyounes Quartet, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, baritone Gerard Collett and the Gresham School choir and brass group. The narration is spoken by legendary actor John Hurt and interviewees include Anita Lasker Wallfisch, composer Joseph Horovitz and Sue Phipps, Britten’s and Peter Pears’s agent for many years.

“Peace and Conflict is a beautiful and touching evocation of Britten's schooling at Gresham's and the values there inculcated, which remained with him for life. This is a moving and engrossing film, with terrific performances and tender appreciation of Britten's music.” Paul Kildea (Britten’s biographer).

Rating: Exempt

Sound Format: English, Stereo, 5.1 surround

Runtime: 105 mins

“Tony Britten's film amounts to far more than the sum of its parts, managing to avoid the potential pitfalls of such a mix throughout scrupulous research and faithfulness to its material. Truly revelatory.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 *****

“Alex Lowther's young Britten seems a first-rate choice, both visually and atmospherically...The director's difficult work of making living fiction ouit of 'real' people is convincingly done. It always feels 'real' rather than just a parade of lookalike marionettes quoting texts...This is a fresh, unusual and genuine contribution to the Britten centenary.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

BBC Music Magazine

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William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe, June 2012


Hammarton:

Incidental music for Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew


Samantha Spiro (Kate), Simon Paisley Day (Petruchio), Sarah MacRae (Bianca), Pip Donaghy (Baptista Minola), Michael Bertenshaw, Pearce Quigley (Grumio), Joseph Timms (Lucentio), Helen Weir (Widow), Tom Anderson (Curtis), Jamie Beamish (Tranio), David Beames (Vincentio/Tailor), Patrick Driver (Pedant), Tom Godwin (Biondello), Rick Warden (Hortensio), Chris Keegan (Nathaniel/Servant)

Toby Frow (director)

The Taming of the Shrew tells the tale of the sharp-tongued Kate, who must marry before her younger sister, Bianca, is allowed to find a suitor. Undaunted by her waspish reputation, Petruccio attempts to woo the not-so-fair maiden, but is faced with a tirade of poisonous insults. Samantha Spiro stars as cantankerous Kate, capable of knocking a grown man down with her fist. With a stellar supporting cast, the production is a triumph, thanks to its ‘riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick’ (The Daily Telegraph).

Running time: 167 minutes

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William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

Recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe, June 2012


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Twelfth Night, incidental Music


Liam Brennan (Orsino), Johnny Flynn (Viola), Stephen Fry (Malvolio), Paul Chahidi (Maria), John Paul Connolly (Antonio), Ian Drysdale (Priest/Valentine), Samuel Barnett (Sebastian), James Garnon (Fabian), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch), Roger Lloyd Pack (Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Rylance (Olivia), Jethro Skinner (Captain), Ben Thompson (Curio)

Tim Carroll (director)

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night was ‘blissfully reborn’ (Telegraph) for the 2012/13 season at London’s Globe Theatre, under the direction of Tim Carroll. The hilarious tale of misdirection and deception is performed here by an all-male cast, among whom we find Mark Rylance as Olivia and Roger Lloyd-Pack as Sir Anthony Aguecheek. The production also marks Stephen Fry’s triumphant return to the stage as the pompous Malvolio, ridiculous in his yellow stockings.

Broadcast into cinemas worldwide in June 2013.

Features Stephen Fry as Malvolio & Mark Rylance as Olivia.

An all-male production.

One of the Globe’s finest & most acclaimed productions.

Extra features include: Cast gallery.

Running time: 164 minutes

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