Essential Shakespeare

Essential Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

CD-Audio Publication Date: 10/10/2005

Experience some of the most thrilling poetry and drama in world literature. This unique collection includes two sonnets and famous scenes from 11 of Shakespeare's plays: Macbeth, Othello, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II, Henry V, Cymbeline, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Each scene is performed by well-known actors; each is prefaced with an introduction that highlights the main themes of the play, summarizes the plot, and describes the scene you are about to hear.
Shakespeare plays
Publication Date:
HighBridge Audio
Country of origin:
United States
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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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