Richard Burton's Hamlet Audiobook

Richard Burtons Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
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This production of Hamlet, directed by Sir John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton, was recorded in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City during a spectacular season for Broadway. It was the year of Carol Channing's Hello Dolly, Barbra Streisand's Funny Girl, and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Noel Coward, Arthur Miller and Alec Guinness were also on the Great White Way that year. But the show that created the most excitement was Richard Burton's Hamlet. Given the importance of the show, a film was made of a single performance. At Burton's insistence, after screening the film for just two days, all copies were destroyed except for one that went to the British Film Institute and one that went to Burton's home. 25 years after the stage production, Burton's widow allowed this audio recording to be made from her copy. This performance differs from other recordings of Hamlet, not only because of Burton and Gielgud, but because it is a live recording of an actual performance on Broadway, not in a recording studio.

You get the immediacy of a live production of Hamlet on Broadway in the nervousness of the actors, knowing that they can't go back on it, that this is for all time, unlike films, where you can if you make a mistake go back and do it again. The particular intensity and nerves of this is probably the same kind of thing that excites a real audience in a real theatre. - Richard Burton

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Author William ShakespeareThe most-recent addition to our collection, Antony & Cleopatra, has helped add to the success of Classics author, William Shakespeare. Born on April 16, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, The United Kingdom and deceased April 23, 1616, Shakespeare has written 241 audiobooks which are now part of our impressive catalog. Though Antony & Cleopatra was the most recent addition to our listening library from Shakespeare, the Unabridged version of Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options), read by the popular narrator Joan Walker, is the most popular among our customers. Added in 1999, The Sonnets is the oldest audio title available on our website. We feature a total of 241 audiobooks from Shakespeare, with over 572 hours of listening enjoyment, providing enough variety for each and every one of his fans to enjoy. For a complete selection of Classics titles from William Shakespeare, please visit his writer page here: William Shakespeare books.