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Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Claire Bloom, Albert Finney Publisher: Caedmon Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN: 9780060743253
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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 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.


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  • “This famous story of star-crossed lovers, one of Shakespeare’s most popular, is his great youthful tragedy. The play is passionate, witty, rapid, intensely lyrical, and romantically beautiful. Romeo and Juliet are personifications of young love; they are also the innocent victims of an angry, foolish society, embodied in the feuding families, and a malevolent providence that uses their deaths to force the feuding factions to reconciliation.”

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About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

About the Narrators

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, and Long Day’s Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a career spanning over six decades. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s birthday honors for services to drama.

Albert Finney is an English actor who began work on the stage and went on to achieve prominence in films in the early 1960s, continuing a career of over fifty years. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his first appearance on the London stage in 1958 in The Party, directed by Charles Laughton. Then in 1959 he appeared at Stratford in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus opposite Laurence Olivier. He maintained an award-winning career in theater, film, and television. He earned his first film award in 1960, a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and continued earning dozens of nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, through 2007 when he shared a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.