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talkingshakespeare, an ensemble of New York City artists, is dedicated to bringing you first-rate audio recordings of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.
• Without the distraction of
stage business, your imagination will be free to people an empty stage with larger-than-life characters, struggling through the events of the plays.
• Our recordings provide an exciting introduction to Shakespeare’s fabulous world. They offer teachers and students an interesting new approach to a deeper exploration of the plays.
Clips and quotes from the recordings:
Hamlet
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Macbeth
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Merchant of Venice
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“There’s special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all.” -- Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2 (Bruce Nicholls, Hamlet)
“Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog… Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-delivered by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab.” --Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5 (Cody Smolik, 3 witches)
“In Belmont is a lady richly left, and she is fair and, fairer than that word, of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes I did receive fair speechless messages. Her name is Portia…” --The Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene 1 (Paul Bellantoni, Bassanio)