BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Collection of Three Roman Plays
William Shakespeare

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Narrated By: David Harewood, Frances Barber, , Gerard Murphy, Nicholas Farrell, Samuel West, Stella Gonet, Susannah York

Duration: 8 hours

What to expect

Three full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's most famous Roman plays

Featuring all-star casts and introduced by Sir Richard Eyre, these three iconic productions of Shakespeare's dynamic Roman histories are full of political intrigue, passion and tragedy.

Julius Caesar
This updated version of Shakespeare's classic play is set in Italy in 1925. Julius Caesar, a new Roman dictator, has swept to power, and his way is clear to assume total control - unless a coup by Cassius and Brutus can alter the tide of history. Nicholas Farrell stars as Brutus and Gerard Murphy as Julius Caesar.

Coriolanus
When Rome's greatest hero, the warrior Coriolanus, divides the people and the patricians through his arrogance, he is driven into exile. Samuel West stars as Coriolanus, with Susannah York as Volumnia.

Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare's last great tragedy is an action epic set against the political backdrop of the Roman Empire and the centre of Egyptian culture, Alexandria. But at the heart of the play is the story of what happens when two people fall in love. Starring Frances Barber as Cleopatra and David Harewood as Mark Antony.

Genre

Classic fiction

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