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To celebrate 400 years of Englands greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, Argo / Decca Records presents, for the first time, the poets entire collection of works on 100 CDs.Shakespeare Complete - for the first time ever on spoken word.Re-mastered from the original Argo recordings and first time on CD.Original facsimile content from the original recordings.Striking original LP artwork by Arthur Wragg used on CD wallets.Handsome 200 page book and luxurious boxed set presentation.This complete and unabridged collection of Shakespeares 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.Contents:All 37 plays spread over 93 discs2 discs containing all 154 Sonnets 5 discs dedicated to the 4 narrative poemsFirst edition certificationComediesAlls Well That Ends WellA Midsummer Nights DreamAs You Like ItLoves Labours LostMeasure for MeasureMuch Ado About NothingPericlesThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe Taming of The ShrewThe TempestThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Winters TaleTwelfth NightHistory PlaysHenry IV Part 1Henry IV Part 2Henry VHenry VI Part 1Henry VI Part 2Henry VI Part 3Henry VIIIKing JohnRichard IIRichard IIITragediesAntony and CleopatraCoriolanusCymbelineHamletJulius CaesarKing LearMacbethOthelloRomeo & JulietTimon of AthensTitus AndronicusTroilus and CressidaSonnets and Poems200 page booklet includes: Foreword and historically accurate background notes edited by Professor Gordon McMullan, Kings College.Article on the history of the Argo Shakespeare Recordings by Dr Tony Wakeford.Historical content, photographs and press reviews from the original release.Full cast list for each play.Timeline Key Events.Index of works for easy navigation around the set.Synopsis of each play.The Marlowe Society is one of Cambridges oldest and most prestigious drama societies. Since its creation in 1907, the society has had a profound influence on British theatre, both by producing some of the countrys most renowned actors and directors including, among others, Trevor Nunn, Peter Hall, Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen and by redefining the relationship between modern dramatists and early modern verse.
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|Item Weight:||10.04 pounds|
|Item Size:||10.87 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches|
|Package Weight:||9.88 pounds|
|Package Size:||10.94 x 7.72 x 7.72 inches|
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