Teaching Drama

Free Audio of Shakespeare’s Plays

A huge number (somewhere between 100 and a zillion) of schools are back in session this week. And I’m sure a lot of you have some pretty heinous commutes to school. Why not use that time wisely to brush up on your Shakespeare?

There’s a growing number of free audio recordings of public domain plays out there. Shakespeare’s the most popular but I’ve also found some Chekov, Shaw, and Wilde.

The site that is the easiest to navigate and seems to have the best selection is booksshouldbefree.com. The recordings are pretty good quality and the reading, while not exactly Royal Shakespeare Company quality, is competent.

The venerable Project Gutenberg website also is branching out into offering free audio recordings of public domain works. If you want a really good laugh, be sure to check out thier computer-generated recording of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The computer even tries to do different voices for each character!

(found via this post from The Consumerist)

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Craig Mason

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  • This is great, I’m encouraging my Shakespeare newbie cast of Macbeth to listen to audio versions of the play to familiarize themselves with the rhythm and cadence of shakespeare and I think this will be a valuable resource.