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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Anthony Quayle, Maxine Audley, Michael Hordern, Colin Blakeley, Judi Dench Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780060886288
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"When will this fearful slumber have an end?"

Titus Andronicus: The Complete Play in Five Acts

A Shakespeare Recording Society Production

Titus Andronicus is William Shakespeare's harrowing vision of unending vengeance. After defeating the Goths in battle, Titus Andronicus returns to Rome only to be cold-bloodedly deceived and barbarically tormented by his enemies. This sets in motion an unceasing, seemingly unstoppable spiral of horrific violence and retribution. Vibrantly relevant to our times, Titus Andronicus is one of the most haunting of Shakespeare's plays and a powerful listening experience.

Cast: Michael Hordern, Anthony Quayle, Maxine Audley, Colin Blakely, Charles Gray, Jack Gwillim, Alan Howard, John Moffatt, Judi Dench, Michael Meacham, Richard Brooke, Stephen Moore, James Cairncross, Christopher Guinee, John Dane, Rosalind Atkinson, and Trevor Martin

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The most] relevant of Shakespeare’s plays for the modern era.”

    Julie Taymor

  • “In…Titus Andronicus we come to understand—perhaps more than by looking at any other Shakespeare play—the nature of his genius: he gave an inner awareness to passions; cruelty ceased to be merely physical. Shakespeare discovered the moral hell. He discovered heaven as well. But he remained on earth.”

    Jan Kott,  political activist, critic, and theater theoretician

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About the Author
Author William Shakespeare

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

Anthony Quayle (1913–1989) was an English actor and director who began his career on stage in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced, and possessed of a powerful and resonant voice, he was mentored early on in his career by the well-known stage director Tyrone Guthrie. In 1936, he appeared on Broadway in The Country Wife and had roles in eight more productions, earning a Tony Award nomination in 1956 and winning a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance in Sleuth in 1971. From 1948 to 1956, he was director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, bringing into the company some of the biggest stars of the stage, including Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. In motion pictures he often portrayed authority figures, such as his role in Lawrence of Arabia, or was used in historical epics due to his classical training, such as his performance as Cardinal Wolsey in Anne of the Thousand Days, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Over the years, he consolidated his position as a Shakespearean actor, and his voice was heard as narrator of Shakespeare classics, of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and on radio in anything from The Ballad of Robin Hood to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Purloined Letter.

Sir Michael Hordern (1911–1995) was an acclaimed English actor of stage and screen. He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London, and he starred in over a hundred films and television shows. Throughout his career he earned a BAFTA Award for Best Actor and was knighted by the Queen of England for his services to the performing arts.

Dame Judi Dench is an English film, stage, and television actor. She has received many award nominations for her acting in theater, film, and television, including eleven BAFTAs, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In addition to her extensive acting career, she has also lent her voice to several children’s audio books and in 2008 became the voice for the updated Walt Disney World Epcot attraction Spaceship Earth.