Shakespeare: 3 Tragedies, Vol. 2

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This new release is a second trio of outstanding productions of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies from the Royal Shakespeare Company. In Romeo and Juliet, the most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion. Macbeth is a contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller, whilst Troilus and Cressida presents a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle. Extra features include cast interviews, directors’ commentaries, interviews with creative teams, and more. “Sweeping and confident production of Shakespeare’s rarely performed tragedy” (Evening Standard, Troilus and Cressida) “A fresh, fleet, blade-sharp revival” (The Telegraph, Romeo and Juliet).

Reviews

On Troilus and Cressida:

"Sweeping and confident production of Shakespeare's rarely performed tragedy." (The Evening Standard ★★★★)

"Gregory Doran's epic Mad Max post-apocalypse style Troilus and Cressida, with its swaggering yet flawed superheroes and ill-fated young lovers, opens with a clash of percussion instruments so loud, the night I saw it many of the audience jumped in their seats. The Scottish virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie has composed her first ever theatre score and it is so phenomenally good you can feel every beat – be it a tank drum, vibraphone or an oil can, "the rhythm of war" is almost deafening at times. A hugely entertaining and engrossing three-hour watch." (WhatsOnStage)

"Two performances stand out. Adjoa Andoh memorably brings out the manipulative monstrosity behind Ulysses’s beguiling rhetoric, literally loading the dice when it comes to the choice of a Greek champion to fight Hector. Oliver Ford Davies is a classic Pandarus, brimming over with senile prurience so that even a line such as “I’ll go get a fire” gains a lurking suggestiveness. The central lovers are also well played, with Amber James’s spryly intelligent Cressida provoked beyond endurance by the naive insistence of Gavin Fowler’s Troilus on her fidelity." (The Guardian ★★★)

On Macbeth:

"Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack make a gripping central couple." (The Stage ★★★★★)

"Urgent and wonderfully sinister." (Evening Standard ★★★★)

On Romeo and Juliet:

"a fresh, fleet, blade-sharp revival" (The Telegraph ★★★★)

"...two hugely appealing performances from Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill as the star-crossed lovers. Together they convey the blinkered giddiness of the young couple’s infatuation, the arrow-slit of adolescence in which tomorrow morning seems an age away and no adult can possibly understand the depth of your pain." (The Stage ★★★★)

"...strong performances in Erica Whyman’s swift production" (The Guardian ★★★)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 11, 2022


  • Catalog Number: OA 1326BD


  • UPC: 809478013266


  • Label: Opus Arte


  • Number of Discs: 3



Works:


  1. Romeo and Juliet

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company

    Performer: Erica Whyman (Director), Bally Gill (Romeo), Karen Fishwick (Juliet), Ishia Bennison (Nurse), Charlotte Josephine (Mercutio), Raphael Sowole (Tybalt), Afolabi Alli (Paris)


  2. Macbeth

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company

    Performer: Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth); Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth); Edward Bennett (Macduff); David Acton (Duncan); Luke Newbury (Malcolm)


  3. Troilus and Cressida

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company

    Performer: Gavin Fowler (Troilus); Amber James (Cressida); Adjoa Andoh (Ulysses); Theo Ogundipe (Ajax); Ewart James Walters (Priam); Andy Apollo (Achilles); Oliver Ford Davies (Pandorus)