Romeo and Juliet (2 Cassettes)

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A pair of star-cross'd lovers   -Prologue

Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first great tragedy, a richly lyrical love story that has long been one of the author's most popular plays for performer and audience alike. Romeo and Juliet is a simple but dramatic cautionary tale about the blindness that both love and hate can engender. As performed by Claire Bloom and Albert Finney, this lively production captures the youthful exuberance and poetic passion that ...

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Overview

A pair of star-cross'd lovers   -Prologue

Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first great tragedy, a richly lyrical love story that has long been one of the author's most popular plays for performer and audience alike. Romeo and Juliet is a simple but dramatic cautionary tale about the blindness that both love and hate can engender. As performed by Claire Bloom and Albert Finney, this lively production captures the youthful exuberance and poetic passion that characterize all of Shakespeare's early work and makes Romeo and Juliet in particular the greatest romantic creation in English Literature.

This unabridged, full-cast recording is a wonderful way to experience and listen to Shakespeare out-loud.

 

Presents the text of Shakespeare's play accompanied by review questions, activities, and essays on the play as theatre.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud is a superb contribution to the field of classics on cassette. The stunning performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company captures all the color and emotion of Shakespeare's eloquent tragedy of young love. With Samantha Bond as Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Judi Dench as Nurse, the play, which is set in 16th-century Verona, contains some of the most passionate dialog ever written. An excellent musical score by Patrick Doyle accompanies the actors, as well as a full array of authentic sound effects. The pounding of hooves, the chiming of church bells, and the clashing of angry swords enrich this outstanding listening experience. A 24-page booklet complete with sketches and photos of the actors, a synopsis of the play, and background information is included in the package. Highly recommended for most libraries.-Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
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Gr 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on ``The Animated Tales as seen on HBO,'' there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available Random House. --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898459807
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We’re pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome.

Claire Bloom gained international fame in 1951 with her screen debut in Charles Chaplin’s motion picture Limelight. Among her many memorable films are Richard III, The Haunting, Look Back in Anger, and A Doll’s House.

Claire Bloom has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions, including the films Look Back in Anger (1958), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Sammy and Rosie (1987), and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), and a huge number of stage performances of Shakespeare, and television roles in Brideshead Revisited and The Claire Bloom Show.

She began her career as Ophelia in a Stratford-upon-Avon production of Hamlet at the age of 17. She has been married twice, first to Rod Steiger and then to Philip Roth.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Tragically Beautiful

    Romeo and Juliet is a tale of doomed love. I think the movie Gnomeo and Juliet, while being good, is offensive to Shakespeare's masterpiece. I enjoy it very much. And I'm almost 11 and a half! But I understood Shakespeare's beautiful language well. Want to know my secret? A series called "Shakspeare Made Easy." On one page is Shakespeare's beautiful language, and on the other is the translation. This series is not available on the nook, but you can always find it at your local library. I recommend this book for everyone with a vast vocabulary. To put long words in short, Romeo and Juliet is a tragically beautiful story.

    16 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Romeo and Juliet Review

    This was a very good book and I enjoyed this book through out. I feel that there is alot to learn from this book. Shakespeare's connotation and diction really help the reader to understand and evaluate the interests of William Shakespeare himself. The reader can really see the chemistry between Romeo and Juliet because Shakespeare is so descriptive in his writings. Juliet's fate was determined ultimatly through fate. It was fate that brought Romeo and Juliet together, and it was fate that made their families enemies. Other characters in his play that comtributed to Juliet's demise would be Juliet's Nurse, Friar Lawrence, Capulet, and pretty much every other chacacter in his play. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was a very good book and I would highly recomend it! :)?

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    LAIRS

    For anyone who wants to read the actual play, don't get this version. It sucks. That's all I have to say. -_-

    8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I love

    I love this book and i am only in 5th grade! Read it its the best!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    This is a great novel

    I love the romeo and juliet play and now i can read it
    Its a great book you should read it

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Dont buy it it is not worth it

    It s just like
    Scene one bla bla scene two bla bla scene three blab blib bioob blip it bop boop
    Seriosly dont get it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Ga GAYYYYYYYYYY

    BORINGGGGGGGGG

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Really.

    No dummy Shakespeare is dead. Obviously he's been dead for a LONG time.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    I am angry

    Does anyone inthe omments even talk about the book or childish roleplay?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Confusing!

    I started through the first couple of pages and quit. It is very confusing for me. One of the previous reviews said its easy if you're good at math. I have a 94% in the 4th quarter of math and was UBER CONFUSED! Some would suggest this but if you're like me... no. I think the words are hard to understand.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    11 year old pre-teen reader

    This book was truly outstanding I loved it.I wanted to cry it was such an amazing book full of drama and such suspition. I understood it more than my 15 year old sibiling. I also loved the language that Shakespeare used it was so unique and vigorous. If I could I would read it every day for the rest of my life. It was very honorable to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    Wow this is a really good book!

    This book was really good. At first I found it hard to care about Romeo and Juliet but the words and descriptions caught my eyes. Then I could not stop reading. I really like Shakespear's style of writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    The best I've ever read!

    When I started reading it, it caught my attention and I did not want to put it down. It has been one of the most best plays I have read and a really interesting one. When you read it, you won't want to put it down either.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    What a great Book!

    I read this book in my English class and loved it! It is really a great book, and the 'mush' is overrated! If you're a fan of Shakespeare (like I am) than you should really pick up a copy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    In Tune With Teen Life

    This book was really good. even though it was written such a long time ago, it sort of deals with the troubles that teens go through today when their parent(s) do not approve with the person they are daitng. Teens can reaaly relate to this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Kaylee to creon

    Where have u been?????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Demigod

    "Fu<_>ck ya'll" buh bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Hephaestus

    Waits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Hermes

    Reads meassages on his phone while waiting.

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