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William Shakespeare's Love's labor's lost by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Love's labor's lost

A play replete with puns and double-entendres, this is one of Shakespeare's earliest and most lighthearted.|The young king of Navarre and three of his courtiers have vowed to lock themselves away for three years of study and fasting, and to forswear the company of women for this period. No sooner is their vow made than it is tested, however, as the princess of France and three of her ladies arrive in Navarre on a diplomatic mission. The young men fall instantly and hopelessly in love, and the te

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Macbeth by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Sinister supernatural forces are at work in this fast-paced tragedy of guilt and retribution, in which the power of human beings to control their own destiny is called into question.|The brave warrior Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth, his wife, to slay good King Duncan and seize the throne of Scotland for himself. Macbeth achieves his ambition, but one murder proves not to be enough as he desperately attempts to eliminate all who might threaten his ill-gotten power. Descend

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Much ado about nothing by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Much ado about nothing

Young Claudio has fallen for the lovely heiress Hero, who also loves him. Their path to the altar looks smooth, until the evil Don John intervenes. |All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries of the bungling constable Dogberry. Central to the play, one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, are Beatrice and Benedick, masters of wit and sworn foes to marriage-until a plot is hatched to bring them together.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Measure for measure by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Measure for measure

Telling his followers he is leaving the city on affairs of state, the Duke of Vienna appoints the puritanical Angelo to govern in his absence. Will Angelo prove as virtuous as he seems once power is in his hands? |Roaming the city disguised as a friar, the duke looks on as Angelo's lust for the virtuous Isabella sweeps him into the corruption he has so sternly condemned in others. |The duke's manipulation at last produces a happy ending for this dark comedy, with its brilliant exploration of the

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Othello by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Othello

This great tragedy confronts the mystery at the heart of evil and contains some of Shakespeare's most magnificent dramatic verse.|Othello, a Moorish general in the service of Venice, has married Desdemona, beautiful daughter of a Venetian senator. But Iago, Othello's malignant ensign, is determined to destroy their happiness. Cunningly bending Othello to his own purposes, Iago persuades the Moor that Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Tormented in a hell of jealousy, Othello moves inexorably toward

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Pericles by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Pericles

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, undergoes a tyrant's fury, storm, and shipwreck. He wins love and suffers loss, but what is lost may also be found. |With the ancient poet Gower acting as narrator, we follow the adventures of Pericles from young manhood to maturity. This strange and powerful tale of loss and recovery is the first in the group of romance comedies created by Shakespeare at the end of his dramatic career.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's As you like it by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's As you like it

This pastoral comedy is one of Shakespeare's best loved, owing to its delightful heroine-the wise, witty, and virtuous Rosalind.||Rosalind, daughter of the deposed Duke Senior, is exiled from the court by her wicked uncle. Disguising herself as a young man and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. In the forest Rosalind meets Orlando with whom she is in love, but her male disguise complicates matters, especially when Rosalind finds she has unwittingly attracte

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry IV the shadow of succession by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry IV the shadow of succession

Shakespeare's riveting, epic drama of a family in crisis, and a country on the brink of civil war. Wracked by illness and tormented by guilt, King Henry IV fears for England's future after his death. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, seems intent only on a life of debauchery in the company of the dissolute - but hilarious - Sir John Falstaff. As war looms and the stakes increase, father and son struggle to face their destinies - and each other. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance fea

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Hamlet by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare's most famous play is one of the greatest stories in the literature of the world.|Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, prince of Denmark is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Coriolanus by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Rome is a city divided, nobility and common-people locked in mutual suspicion. The patrician Caius Marcius, later called Coriolanus, is Rome's greatest soldier, but his proud refusal to accommodate himself to the demands of the plebeians leads to banishment and death. ||A Roman history as well as tragedy, Coriolanus is a complex and subtle exploration of the themes of absolution and compromise, both in the political world and in the life of the individual.||Paul Jesson plays Coriolanus, and Marj

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Cymbeline by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Cymbeline

This strange, dark romance includes two songs composed by Shakespeare that are amongst the most beautiful in the English language.|Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo tha

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry IV. Part 1 by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry IV. Part 1

This play introduces Shakespeare's greatest comedic character, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff.||While King Henry's England is threatened by rebellion, the king's scapegrace son Hal haunts the taverns of London, his companions a crew of rogues and thieves let by Falstaff. The earl of Northumberland and his fiery son Hotspur scheme to overthrow the crown. Can Hal be brought to a sense of duty as Prince of Wales? Or will the influence of Falstaff prove too strong? The issue is decided when

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry VI. Part three by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry VI. Part three

The monstrous power of one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, Richard Plantagenet, emerges in Henry VI, Part 3, a portent of things to come.||The Yorkists have been temporarily victorious and the Duke of York has assumed the throne, but the Lancastrians, led by Queen Margaret, counter-attack. As the fortunes of war shift, both the innocent and the guilty are swept up in the maelstrom. And increasingly dominant amid the chaos is the sinister figure of the crook-backed Richard, Duke of Gl

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry V by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry V

Henry V is a study of kingship, patriotism, and heroic determination tempered by tender comedy as Henry courts Katherine, princess of France. ||Henry, the noble and courageous young king of England, decides to invade France, believing he has a rightful claim to the throne. At Agincourt he leads his army into battle against the powerful French forces and, against all the odds, wins a famous victory.||Henry is played by Jamie Glover, Brian Cox is the Chorus, and the Hostess is played by Elizabeth

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry IV. Part two by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry IV. Part two

Prince Hal parts from his past to fulfill his royal destiny in this essential conclusion to Henry IV, Part 1.||Rebellion still simmers in England and King Henry's health is failing. Prince Hal has proved his courage but the king still fears that his son's pleasure-loving nature will bring the realm to ruin. Meanwhile, Falstaff and his ribald companions waste the nights in revelry, anticipating the moment when Hal will ascend the throne. Falstaff is in Gloucestershire when news arrives that the k

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Henry VIII by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Henry VIII

King Henry is married to Katherine of Aragon, but he has been smitten by the charms of the queen's maid of honor, Anne Bullen, and is tempted to divorce his dignified and noble wife. ||Meanwhile, the lords of England resent the influence of Henry's trusted advisor, Cardinal Wolsey, who is gradually drawing power into his own hands. As Katherine and Wolsey suffer their tragic falls, new figures rise to fill their places, but they, too, will be brought low by the inexorable sweep of time and fortu

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman world, has become the thrall of the fascinating Cleopatra. Affairs of state call him to Rome, but the attractions of the queen of Egypt prove impossible to resist. From one of history's greatest love stories Shakespeare builds this magnificent tragedy of the clash between love and duty.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's All's well that ends well by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's All's well that ends well

The young and virtuous physician's daughter Helena desperately loves Count Bertram, but he regards her as beneath his notice. When Helena cures the king of France of a mortal illness, he rewards her with Bertram's hand, but before their marriage can be consummated the count flees. To win her husband back again, Helena forms a daring and resourceful plan. A plot to unmask the strutting soldier Parolles makes up another strand in this sometimes disturbing comedy of deception and disguise.

Sep 26, 2014
William Blake selected poems by Blake, William, 1757-1827.

William Blake selected poems

Included in this collection are well-known poems such as: "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright," "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell," Blake's principal prose work, and an assortment of epigrams and short satire.

Sep 26, 2014
William Blake by Blake, William, 1757-1827.

William Blake

Contains all of William Blake's most popular works - Tyger, the Auguries of Innocence, Jerusalem, as well as some lesser-known poetry that demonstrates the range and power of his verse. They are strikingly read by Robert Glenister, Michael Maloney and Stephen Critchlow.

Sep 26, 2014