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The Thames Shakespeare Collection DVD

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This collection features superlative television productions of four of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. Featuring electrifying performances from some of Britain's most accomplished actors and leading RSC players, these productions bring Shakepeare's work vividly and faithfully to life. MACBETH Ian McKellen and Judi Dench lead the RSC cast in Trevor Nunn's stunning production of Shakespeare's tale of a Scottish general whose hunger for kingship leads to a reign of terror. ROMEO & JULIET Joan Kemp-Welch directs Christoper Neame and Ann Hasson in a BAFTA-nominated adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of young lovers destroyed by a feud between two families. TWELFTH NIGHT Richard Briers and Frances Barber lead the Renaissance Theatre Company in this much-loved comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited desire, staged to huge acclaim by Kenneth Branagh. KING LEAR Patrick Magee gives a tour de force performance as the elderly king who descends into madness after disposing of his estate between his treacherous daughters Regan and Goneril.

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A collection of four televised Shakespeare stage plays featuring stars including Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. 'Macbeth' (1978) tells the story of the eponymous general (McKellen), who is encouraged by his ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth (Dench), to murder King Duncan (Griffith Jones) in order to take his throne. 'Romeo and Juliet' (1988) follows the Ill-fated love of children from the competing Montague and Capulet families, Romeo (Christopher Neame) and Juliet (Ann Hasson), who fall victim to the ancient rivalry of the two houses. 'Twelfth Night' (1988), the only comedy of the collection, is directed by Kenneth Branagh and features Richard Briers as Malvolio, a pompous steward made to look ridiculous by the manoeuvring of a wealthy court. Finally, 'King Lear' (1988) follows the miserable fate of an old king (Patrick Magee), who decides to split his kingdom between his three daughters and is deceived by flattery into putting his faith in the wrong ones - with tragic consequences.

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