Shakespeare: 3 Great Comedies

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This special set brings together three of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, from the hilarious tale of misdirection and deception that is Twelfth Night to the slapstick humor of The Taming of Shrew and the magic and mischief that jointly characterize A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Brimming with first-class British acting – including stand-out performances from such lauded individuals as Michelle Terry, Samantha Spiro, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry – this trio of award-winning Globe Theatre productions brilliantly underscores the humor that is inherent in each of the three Elizabethan dramas, with inventive staging, outstanding costumes and original music performed on period-style instruments providing the finishing touches to a must-have collection.

Reviews

"Although this is ensemble theatre at its finest, it’s Rylance’s contribution that puts the production among all-time Shakespeare greats. Frankly unmissable." (The Daily Telegraph on Twelfth Night)

"...it is difficult to imagine that Twelfth Night could be performed more effectively than it currently is at the Globe theatre..." (The Guardian on Twelfth Night)

"This is a crowd-pleasing production...and the laughs come thick and fast" (The Evening Standard on The Taming of the Shrew)

"Matthew Tennyson's Puck is beguilingly fey, while Luke Thompson, as a Lysander beaming with childlike over-enthusiasm, makes a professional debut of some note in this warm, comic production...a warm, comic vision ideally pitched to this performance space. [Dominic Dromgoole's] production bursts with crowd-pleasing gestures..." (The Evening Standard on A Midsummer Night's Dream ★★★★)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 07, 2022


  • Catalog Number: OA 1173BD


  • UPC: 809478011736


  • Label: Opus Arte


  • Number of Discs: 3



Works:


  1. Twelfth Night

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Shakespeare's Globe

    Performer: Tim Carroll (Director), Liam Brennan (Orsino), Johnny Flynn (Viola), Stephen Fry (Malvolio), Paul Chahidi (Maria), John Paul Connolly (Antonio), Ian Drysdale (Priest/Valentine), Samuel Barnett (Sebastian), James Garnon (Fabian), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Feste), Colin Hurley (Sir Toby Belch), Roger Lloyd Pack (Andrew Aguecheek), Mark Rylance (Olivia), Jethro Skinner (Captain), Ben Thompson (Curio)


  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Shakespeare's Globe

    Performer: Michelle Terry (Titania/Hippolyta), John Light (Oberon/Theseus), Pearce Quigley (Bottom), Luke Thompson (Lysander), Matthew Tennyson (Puck), Tom Lawrence (Snout), Christopher Logan (Flute), Sarah MacRae (Helena)


  3. The Taming of the Shrew

    Composer: William Shakespeare

    Ensemble: Shakespeare's Globe

    Performer: Toby Frow (Director), Samantha Spiro (Kate), Simon Paisley Day (Petruchio), Sarah MacRae (Bianca), Pip Donaghy (Baptista Minola), Michael Bertenshaw, Pearce Quigley (Grumio), Joseph Timms (Lucentio), Helen Weir (Widow), Tom Anderson (Curtis), Jamie Beamish (Tranio), David Beames (Vincentio/Tailor), Patrick Driver (Pedant), Tom Godwin (Biondello), Rick Warden (Hortensio), Chris Keegan (Nathaniel/Servant)