The Shakespeare Collection

The Shakespeare Collection

by William ShakespeareDame Peggy Ashcroft Stanley Holloway and others

CD-Audio Publication Date: 03/11/1999

Produced by the Shakespeare Recording Society, these full-cast, unabridged performances of As You Like It (starring Vanessa Redgrave), Much Ado About Nothing (starring Rex Harrison), and The Winter's Tale (starring Sir John Gielgud and Dame Peggy Ashcroft) will move and delight Shakespeare aficionados everywhere.As You Like It is a quintessential Shakespearean comedy, complete with a clown, lovers, disguises, rifts, and reconciliations.In Much Ado About Nothing, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick circle each other warily with their scathing witticisms and sly innuendoes.The Winter's Tale is a moving romance whose themes are sin, forgiveness, death, rebirth, and the power of time and nature to heal all wounds.Shakespeare's world comes alive in these three theatrical performances with all the passion, wit, and profound human insight of their brilliant creator.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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