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Gielgud's Hamlet: (Dramatized)
Gielgud's Hamlet: (Dramatized)
Gielgud's Hamlet: (Dramatized)
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Gielgud's Hamlet: (Dramatized)

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This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud’s greatest moments.

Though he went on to record it for commercial release, nothing matched this recording in the BBC studios, made before the days of editing.

"Why we think it's Essential: In considering which Shakespeare recording was most essential, we found ourselves caught between Gielgud's Hamlet and Richard Burton's MacBeth (which - ironically - was directed by Gielgud). In the end - we chose Gielgud because - as a radio production (unlike Burton's stage performance) it was meant for the ear, not the eye. As a result, Gielgud delivers what may be the best Hamlet we've ever heard."

— Steve Feldberg

Public Domain ©2006 and (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

LanguageEnglish
Release dateJul 1, 2006
ISBN9789629546854
Gielgud's Hamlet: (Dramatized)
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist in the English language. Shakespeare is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”  

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Who am I to review Shakespeare?!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    The only Shakespeare plays I had read before this were Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, Macbeth being my favorite. Having now read Hamlet, I can honestly say that Macbeth is still my favorite.

    Let's discuss.

    So, Hamlet himself is an emo icon, and also a misogynist, who basically goes crazy, murders someone, and essentially ruins everything.

    The ending came a little too quickly for me, tbh. There wasn't enough time to really develop any other characters. It was pretty quotable, though. Really, it gave me more Romeo and Juliet feels than Macbeth feels.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The Penguin edition remains the best edition for highschool students, undergrad students and actors. Not as dense as the Arden nor as casual as the RSC, but the perfect in-between for people in those categories.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    It amazes me how many people like Hamlet, no exception here, when it's really hard to relate to, but yet it's just one of those plays once you get into it, you come to love it. I read it for the first time in 12th grade and everyone would talk about it even when they didn't have to. The characters in Hamlet are amazingly complex and it doesn't just state how they are, you learn it through their actions and what they say. It's just so unique, I know everytime I read it I get a different opinion of the characters and the overall play.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    My favorite, of all the histories and tragedies. I've seen it in performance at least 5 times--with Kevin Kline and Ralph Fiennes two of the most memorable.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Almost intriguing play, and not the easiest work to read. The tale of a young prince trying to come to terms with his father’s death is probably the best known of Shakespeare’s tragedies. There’s something for everyone here: high drama, low comedy, intriguing characters. I’d advise watching a video or move, or perhaps listening to an audio presentation either before or while reading this one. No matter how good your reading skills are, the enjoyment and understanding of any play is enhanced Psy seeing it performed. This time out I watched an old stage production starring Richard Burton. The highlight of that one is Hume Cronyn’s marvelously