The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays by William Shakespeare (Author), Eileen Atkins (Narrator), Joseph Fiennes (Narrator), Sir John Gielgud (Narrator), Emily Woof (Narrator)
The Complete Shakespeare for the 21st Century . This release is of major importance: for the first time all of Shakespeare’s plays are available on CD in a single set, produced by a single creative team with an extraordinary cast, with the utmost attention to detail to guarantee a listening experience that’s accessible and enjoyable.
Arkangel Productions brings together the best of academic and entertainment industry expertise. Tom Treadwell, a university professor who specialized in Elizabethan drama, and Bill Shepherd from the world of film and TV production, worked with Clive Brill, a former BBC director/producer, to make their vision a reality. Their goal was, simply, to produce Shakespeare for the 21st Century , the definitive, ultimate audio Shakespeare. This is it – they have achieved their goal.
The creative team designed a sophisticated layering of sound and music to provide a complete audio environment. Music was composed by Dominique Le Gendre, whose award-winning talents matched the art of the performers. All the plays were recorded at one of London?s leading studios. The Sound House.
“A rhapsody of words, assembled for the ear. This venture marries scholarship and accessibility on an unmatched scale. The real strength lies in the astonishing intimacy offered by a sound recording.” — The New York Times
The Cast: Performed by a distinguished cast of nearly 400 actors, including Eileen Atkins, Jennifer Ehle, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Adrian Lester, John Gielgud, Alan Howard, Jane Lapotaire, Amanda Root, David Tennant, Sophie Thompson, Samuel West, Timothy West and Ciaran Hinds. Key Roles: Hamlet – Simon Russell Beale; Romeo – Joseph Fiennes; Juliet – Maria Miles; Julius Caesar – Michael Feast; Mark Antony – Adrian Lester; Macbeth – Hugh Ross; King Lear – Trevor Peacock; Antony – Ciaran Hinds; Cleopatra – Estelle Kohler; Propsero – Bob Peck; Bottom – Roy Hudd; Rosalind – Niamh Cusack; Gower in Pericles – Sir John Gielgud. Most of the actors have trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Creative Director: Clive Brill graduated from Oxford University and then joined the BBC where he worked for 12 years as director, producer, and commissioning editor. In 1996, he left the BBC to develop and direct the Arkangel Shakespeare project. He directed all 38 plays, which star many great British actors. Together with Tom Treadwell, he has just produced the British film Before You Go, starring Julia Walters and Tom Wilkinson. They are co-directors of Pacificus Productions in London, which produces drama across all media.
Complete List of Plays: All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony & Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, Henry V, Henry VI Part One, Henry VI Part Two, Henry VI Part Three, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus & Cressida, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale.