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Shakespeare on the Radio

This collection includes Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, As You Like It, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra and variations there of. Update: additional broadcasts

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"All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players:
they have their exits and their entrances;
and one man in his time plays many parts..."
As You Like It, Act II Scene 7

ShakespeareShakespeare is one of the most influential and important figures in western literature and theater.  He influenced Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Samuel Johnson, William Faulkner, Bertolt Brecht, TS Elliot, even Sigmund Freud devised some of his theories on the inner working of the human mind after reviewing Hamlet.  A master of the English language, he invented new expressions including bedroom, moonbeam, green-eyed, gloomy, gossip, jaded, majestic, cold-blooded, eyeball, watchdog, bump, laughable tongue-tied and over 1,700 more words and phrases.  

William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616).  At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway and together they had three children.  Shakespeare first known works was Henry VI and Richard III, historical dramas, which were all the rage in the 1590s.  Beginning in 1594, Shakespeare plays were produced by the performance group Lord Chamberlain's Men under the reigning Queen Elizabeth I, later called King's Men under Kind James I.  He wrote roles to suit certain actors including himself as he also performed in many of his own plays.  The troupe rented space at the Globe Theater outside London (see also Globe Theater, the old time radio show named after the original Shakespearian theater in London) and his most famous work was written for the Globe including Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear.  With the success of Lord Chamberlain's Men Shakespeare became quite prosperous Shakespeare was interned at the Church of the Holy Trinity in his hometown Stratford-upon-Avon. 

William Shakespeare's works have been translated into every major language on earth and have performed worldwide.  When the technology of silent film emerged, performance moved off stage to audiences everywhere as early as 1908 with J. Stuart Blackton's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Inevitably, Shakespeare's works moved from stage to the medium of old time radio shows with some series dedicated solely to Shakespearean works.  Columbia Workshop's Hamlet is one of the earliest performances using the Elizabethan author. 

John Barrymore as HamletAmerican actor John Barrymore, known for his stage performances of Richard III and Hamlet (as well as his carousing and heavy drinking), performed in a series of Shakespearean plays including dramas Macbeth and Hamlet as well as comedies like the Taming of the Shrew.  Each of the episodes of the series, entitled to capitalize on both artists' popularity "John Barrymore and Shakespeare included introductions by John Drew Barrymore (Barrymore's son) and his thoughts on the plays. 

Certain works in this collection are not Shakespearian plays per se but represent the larger cultural impact of the author pervasive in the history of radio, such as the name used Romeo synonymously to mean romantic young man.  Works by Shakespeare in this collection include Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, As You Like It, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra and variations there of. 

See also: Globe Theater. For more literary-based radio plays, see also: Authors Playhouse, Authors Collection , NBC University Theater,and World's Greatest Short Stories and World's Great Novels.

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    56 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 30 hours, 7 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 15 hours 5 minutes
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    1. 1937 Shakespeare Festival 370823 7o8 Henry Iv.mp3
    2. 440322 Hamlet.mp3
    3. 461102 Original Hamlet.mp3
    4. Andy Griffith Hamlet 53.mp3
    5. Behind The Scenes 47 07 William Shakespeare.mp3
    6. Boris Karloff's Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom.mp3
    7. Cbsrw 560224 05 Interview With Shakespeare.mp3
    8. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370719 2 Much Ado Abt Nothing .mp3
    9. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370726 3 Julius Caesar .mp3
    10. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370802 4 Taming Of The Shrew .mp3
    11. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370823 7 Henry Iv .mp3
    12. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370830 8 Twelfth Night .mp3
    13. Columbia Workshop 360919 109 Hamlet 1o2.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 361114 116 Hamlet 2o2.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 391207 2014 As You Like It.mp3
    16. Coty 440120 0312 Macbeth's Bloody Knife.mp3
    17. Des Freedom 480926 14 Shakespeare Of Harlem.mp3
    18. Favorite Story 480410 030 Mister Shakespeare.mp3
    19. First Nighter 480617 1627 Old Lady Shakespeare.mp3
    20. Francis Langford Show 470724 08 Performing Macbeth.mp3
    21. Fred Allen 460113 Maurice Evanshamlet (AFRS).mp3
    22. Front Page Drama 340507 Anthony Cleopatra.mp3
    23. Front Page Drama 391203 The Robbing Romeo.mp3
    24. FSF 02 Romeo Juliet Lydia (3.mp3
    25. Gunsmoke 520823 018 Shakespeare.mp3
    26. Gunsmoke 560122 198 Romeo.mp3
    27. Halls Of Ivy 500203 005 Dr Bromley, Shakespeare Expert.mp3
    28. Isirta 670702 411 Tales From Shakespeare.mp3
    29. Isirta 670702 S4e11 Othello.mp3
    30. Isirta 680609 S5e09 Macbeth.mp3
    Volume 2 - 26 shows - total playtime 15 hours 2 minutes
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    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet.mp3
    2. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth.mp3
    3. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew.mp3
    4. Langford 470724 (08) Performing Macbeth.mp3
    5. Lfa 2646991029that Fateful Night In Macbeth.mp3
    6. Montague 501124 03 Romeo.mp3
    7. Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film 'macbeth'.mp3
    8. Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For Pta Benefit.mp3
    9. Mt 380911 110 Julius Caesar.mp3
    10. Mt 460802 309 [mst] Golden Honeymoon.mp3
    11. Mt 460913 315 [mst] King Lear Scenes.mp3
    12. Nero Wolfe 461215 The Shakespeare Portfolio.mp3
    13. News Shakespeare Othello Paul Robeson 1959.mp3
    14. Nick Carter 451230 216 Legend Of Shakespeare's Ghost.mp3
    15. Orson Welles Almanac 440322 Hamlet.mp3
    16. Previews Romeo Juliet.mp3
    17. Story Lady 002 Romeo And Juliet.mp3
    18. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing.mp3
    19. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar.mp3
    20. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew.mp3
    21. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night.mp3
    22. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv.mp3
    23. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night.mp3
    24. Susp 530504 511 Othello, Part 1.mp3
    25. Susp 530511 512 Othello, Part 2.mp3
    26. Theater Guild Ota 470511 075 Macbeth.mp3
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    56 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 30 hours, 7 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 15 hours 5 minutes
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    1. 1937 Shakespeare Festival 370823 7o8 Henry Iv.mp3
    2. 440322 Hamlet.mp3
    3. 461102 Original Hamlet.mp3
    4. Andy Griffith Hamlet 53.mp3
    5. Behind The Scenes 47 07 William Shakespeare.mp3
    6. Boris Karloff's Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom.mp3
    7. Cbsrw 560224 05 Interview With Shakespeare.mp3
    8. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370719 2 Much Ado Abt Nothing .mp3
    9. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370726 3 Julius Caesar .mp3
    10. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370802 4 Taming Of The Shrew .mp3
    11. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370823 7 Henry Iv .mp3
    12. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370830 8 Twelfth Night .mp3
    13. Columbia Workshop 360919 109 Hamlet 1o2.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 361114 116 Hamlet 2o2.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 391207 2014 As You Like It.mp3
    16. Coty 440120 0312 Macbeth's Bloody Knife.mp3
    17. Des Freedom 480926 14 Shakespeare Of Harlem.mp3
    18. Favorite Story 480410 030 Mister Shakespeare.mp3
    19. First Nighter 480617 1627 Old Lady Shakespeare.mp3
    20. Francis Langford Show 470724 08 Performing Macbeth.mp3
    21. Fred Allen 460113 Maurice Evanshamlet (AFRS).mp3
    22. Front Page Drama 340507 Anthony Cleopatra.mp3
    23. Front Page Drama 391203 The Robbing Romeo.mp3
    24. FSF 02 Romeo Juliet Lydia (3.mp3
    25. Gunsmoke 520823 018 Shakespeare.mp3
    26. Gunsmoke 560122 198 Romeo.mp3
    27. Halls Of Ivy 500203 005 Dr Bromley, Shakespeare Expert.mp3
    28. Isirta 670702 411 Tales From Shakespeare.mp3
    29. Isirta 670702 S4e11 Othello.mp3
    30. Isirta 680609 S5e09 Macbeth.mp3
    Volume 2 - 26 shows - total playtime 15 hours 2 minutes
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    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet.mp3
    2. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth.mp3
    3. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew.mp3
    4. Langford 470724 (08) Performing Macbeth.mp3
    5. Lfa 2646991029that Fateful Night In Macbeth.mp3
    6. Montague 501124 03 Romeo.mp3
    7. Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film 'macbeth'.mp3
    8. Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For Pta Benefit.mp3
    9. Mt 380911 110 Julius Caesar.mp3
    10. Mt 460802 309 [mst] Golden Honeymoon.mp3
    11. Mt 460913 315 [mst] King Lear Scenes.mp3
    12. Nero Wolfe 461215 The Shakespeare Portfolio.mp3
    13. News Shakespeare Othello Paul Robeson 1959.mp3
    14. Nick Carter 451230 216 Legend Of Shakespeare's Ghost.mp3
    15. Orson Welles Almanac 440322 Hamlet.mp3
    16. Previews Romeo Juliet.mp3
    17. Story Lady 002 Romeo And Juliet.mp3
    18. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing.mp3
    19. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar.mp3
    20. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew.mp3
    21. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night.mp3
    22. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv.mp3
    23. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night.mp3
    24. Susp 530504 511 Othello, Part 1.mp3
    25. Susp 530511 512 Othello, Part 2.mp3
    26. Theater Guild Ota 470511 075 Macbeth.mp3
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    56 recordings on 33 Audio CDs
    total playtime 30 hours, 7 min

    Disc A001

    1. Andy Griffith Hamlet 53
    2. Behind The Scenes 47 07 William Shakespeare
    3. FSF 02 Romeo Juliet Lydia (3
    4. Lfa 2646991029that Fateful Night In Macbeth
    5. News Shakespeare Othello Paul Robeson 1959

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    Disc A002

    1. Previews Romeo Juliet
    2. Story Lady 002 Romeo And Juliet

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    Disc A003

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370834 Henryiv

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    Disc A004

    1. Front Page Drama 340507 Anthony Cleopatra
    2. Columbia Workshop 360919 109 Hamlet 1o2

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    Disc A005

    1. Columbia Workshop 361114 116 Hamlet 2o2

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    Disc A006

    1. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370719 2 Much Ado Abt Nothing

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    Disc A007

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370719 Much Ado About Nothing

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    Disc A008

    1. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370726 3 Julius Caesar

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    Disc A009

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370726 Julius Caesar

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    Disc A010

    1. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370802 4 Taming Of The Shrew

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    Disc A011

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370802 Taming Of Shrew

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    Disc A012

    1. 1937 Shakespeare Festival 370823 7o8 Henry Iv

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    Disc A013

    1. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370823 7 Henry Iv

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    Disc A014

    1. Columbia Presents Shakespeare 370830 8 Twelfth Night

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    Disc A015

    1. Streamlined Shakespeare 370830 Twelfth Night

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    Disc A016

    1. Mt 380911 110 Julius Caesar

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    Disc A017

    1. Front Page Drama 391203 The Robbing Romeo
    2. Columbia Workshop 391207 2014 As You Like It
    3. Coty 440120 0312 Macbeth's Bloody Knife
    4. 440322 Hamlet
    5. Orson Welles Almanac 440322 Hamlet

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    Disc A018

    1. Nick Carter 451230 216 Legend Of Shakespeare's Ghost
    2. Fred Allen 460113 Maurice Evanshamlet (AFRS)

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    Disc A019

    1. Mt 460802 309 [mst] Golden Honeymoon
    2. Mt 460913 315 [mst] King Lear Scenes

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    Disc A020

    1. 461102 Original Hamlet
    2. Nero Wolfe 461215 The Shakespeare Portfolio

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    Disc A021

    1. Theater Guild Ota 470511 075 Macbeth

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    Disc A022

    1. Francis Langford Show 470724 08 Performing Macbeth
    2. Langford 470724 (08) Performing Macbeth

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    Disc A023

    1. Favorite Story 480410 030 Mister Shakespeare
    2. First Nighter 480617 1627 Old Lady Shakespeare

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    Disc A024

    1. Des Freedom 480926 14 Shakespeare Of Harlem
    2. Halls Of Ivy 500203 005 Dr Bromley, Shakespeare Expert

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    Disc A025

    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500810 2o4 Hamlet
    2. Streamlined Shakespeare 500824 Twelfth Night

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    Disc A026

    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500830 3o4 Macbeth

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    Disc A027

    1. John Barrymore Shakespear 500906 4o4 Taming Of The Shrew

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    Disc A028

    1. Montague 501124 03 Romeo
    2. Montague 510119 11 Hollywood To Film 'macbeth'

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    Disc A029

    1. Montague 510609 31 Playing Shakespeare For Pta Benefit
    2. Gunsmoke 520823 018 Shakespeare

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    Disc A030

    1. Susp 530504 511 Othello, Part 1
    2. Susp 530511 512 Othello, Part 2

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    Disc A031

    1. Gunsmoke 560122 198 Romeo
    2. Cbsrw 560224 05 Interview With Shakespeare
    3. Boris Karloff's Reader's Digest 571217 Shakespeare's Hom

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    Disc A032

    1. Isirta 670702 411 Tales From Shakespeare
    2. Isirta 670702 S4e11 Othello

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    Disc A033

    1. Isirta 680609 S5e09 Macbeth

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