William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Sir John Gielgud reads the sonnets of William Shakespeare. These sonnets were probably composed between 1593 and 1601, but were not published until 1609. Some of the poems are addressed to a young friend, who may have been the Earl of Southampton. Others praise the beauty of a mysterious "dark lady" who has not been identified. This reading is accompanied by music performed by the Elizabethan Consort of Viols and the Taylor Consort of Recorders, Leslie Pearson, Conductor.

"Much Ado About Nothing"

We present excerpts from Shakespeare's playful, stylish "Much Ado About Nothing," which brings together Beatrice and Benedick, one of the most famous duos ever invented for the stage. This 1963 performance features Rex Harrison and Rachel Roberts who bring new life to this sophisticated comedy of manners on the subject of marriage and marital bondage.

"Julius Casesar"

We present excerpts from William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" starring Sir Ralph Richardson and Anthony Quayle and directed by Howard Sackler.

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