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Re: Audio Shakespeare
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 488.  Saturday, 14 August 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Georgianna Ziegler <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Aug 1993 09:44:00 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0484  Q: Audio Shakespeare
 
(2)     From:   Ellen Edgerton <EBEDGERT@SUADMIN>
        Date:   Friday, 13 Aug 1993 10:39 ET
        Subj:   Re: Audio Shakespeare
 
(3)     From:   Nick Clary <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Aug 1993 11:54:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Audio Shakespeare
 
 
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From:           Georgianna Ziegler <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Aug 1993 09:44:00 -0500
Subject: 4.0484  Q: Audio Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0484  Q: Audio Shakespeare
 
The Folger gets a lot of audio and video Shakespeare materials.  One
catalog lists Caedmon records as having 14 Shakespeare plays in 34
audiocassettes for $280.  The BBC has some audio cassettes also, but
only for 4 plays.  The only complete set we know of is the BBC Shakespeare
video, 37 plays for $2500.  Perhaps if your library contacted Caedmon
directly, they might find that more are available.
 
The catalog we have with this information is on Shakespeare and is put
out by The Writing Company, 102000 Jefferson Boulevard, Room K01,
P.O. Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232-0802.  Phone 1-800-421-4246; FAX
310-839-2249.
 
Hope this is helpful.
 
Georgianna
 
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From:           Ellen Edgerton <EBEDGERT@SUADMIN>
Date:           Friday, 13 Aug 1993 10:39 ET
Subject:        Re: Audio Shakespeare
 
If you don't need the complete audio set right away, you might want to
wait until the Renaissance Theatre Company is done with their series
on Random Century Audiobooks.  At the rate they are planning on doing
the entire canon (one play every spring), they ought to have a complete
set recorded by 2029.   These are full-length productions available on
cassette and CD (which allows for the interesting though silly possibility
of Shuffle-Play Shakespeare).  So far they have done HAMLET and ROMEO AND
JULIET, and plan to do KING LEAR next spring.
 
I wasn't terribly impressed with their HAMLET, though it had its
moments.  The production values are absolutely superb, however; this is
Shakespeare with an emphasis on "ear."  It's perhaps the only uncut
HAMLET I've heard that didn't make me want to gnaw my leg off out of
boredom, which I suppose counts for something.
 
Ellen Edgerton
Syracuse University

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From: Nick Clary <
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Date: Friday, 13 Aug 1993 11:54:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Audio Shakespeare
 
You may wish to add to your list of audio recordings a wonderfully
illuminating series published by Sussex Tapes International, under the title
APPROACHES TO SHAKESPEARE.  These tapes (each cassette addresses a single
play) present a scholarly converstation/debate on one side and alternate
readings of a small array of speeches and dramatic moments from the play on
the other.  In the case of the OTHELLO tape, for example, R. A. Foakes and
Kenneth Muir discuss some of the salient critial questions concerning the
principal characters (side 1), and John Barton directs the actors through
alternate readings of the same speeches, which illuminate distinct character
possibilities within the script.   I am not certain how many of the plays are
included in this series.  Those that I have include HAMLET, OTHELLO, KING
LEAR, MACBETH, and THE TEMPEST.  Perhaps someone else can supply further
information.  The dealer that handled these tapes in the 1970's was Holt
Information Systems (the price then was $11 per play).
 
Nick Clary

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