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Free Shakespeare Plays on Audio


Free Resource (#765) - March 6th, 2009
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12 Shakespeare Plays from Speak the Speech

We've just been informed of a great new resource for listening to Shakespeare's plays on audio. Speak the Speech is a non-profit audio theatre company dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances online. Collaborating with a full cast of actors in Portland, Oregon, they've recorded some of the best audio versions of Shakespeare's plays available and they've made them available for free on MP3 download through their website. Here are the plays they're offering:

As You Like It

Henry IV, Part One

Henry IV, Part Two

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

A Winter's Tale

Sounds of Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, King John, Cymbeline, King Richard II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor

You can also subscribe to their podcast which currently features 8 of their plays:

Speak the Speech: Universal Shakespeare Broadcasting Podcast

Thanks to Speak the Speech for informing us of their great audio dramas of Shakespeare's plays!

12 Shakespeare Plays from Speak the Speech

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William Shakespeare is the British poet and playwright widely considered to be the greatest ever to write in the English language. He is also one of the most widely read playwrights of all time, having most of his work translated in into every major living language. Though most historical accounts place his birth in April of 1564, little is known about his early years. The Shakespeare we now know makes his first real appearance as a playwright in the late 1580s, and it is from this point on until his death in 1616 that the world was treated to some of the greatest works of literature ever produced. These works include tragedies, comedies, poems, historical fiction and more. His titles are beyond classic: "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Henry V" are just a few of the works that are still being read, performed and translated to this day. Indeed, Shakespeare has been voted one of the most important people of the last millennium and all writers are indebted to the vibrant characterization, innovative plotting, and philosophical scope he brought to the art of writing.

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