William Shakespeare

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Narrated By: Ellie Beaven, , Juliet Stevenson, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Sheen

Duration: 3 hours and 28 minutes

What to expect

In this BBC full-cast production, the ghost of Hamlet's father orders him to kill the man who took his life, his throne and his wife: Claudius.

In a tale of caution, tragedy and revenge, Hamlet is driven to madness by his mission and his father's legacy.

Michael Sheen stars as Hamlet, with Kenneth Cranham as Claudius, Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude and Ellie Beaven as Ophelia.

BBC radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly-formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

In this acclaimed BBC Radio Shakespeare series, each play is introduced by Richard Eyre, former Director of the Royal National Theatre. Revitalised, original and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the modern day.


Classic fiction, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, Fiction: general and literary, Radio / podcasts, Radio plays, scripts and performances

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