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Celebrate Shakespeare Week with our Freegal service

Written by · Published Mar 12, 2018

Great Speeches, Love's Labours Lost

Shakespeare Week runs from 12 - 18 March. Why not mark the occasion by streaming or downloading some Shakespeare-themed spoken word and music from Freegal?

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Spoken word

Vintage Radio Collection: William Shakespeare

Featuring recordings of scenes from Julius Caesar, Hamlet Macbeth and more first broadcast between 1937 and 1950.

Great Speeches from Shakespeare, by various

Get inspired by Shakespeare speeches from Lawrence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Alec Guinness, John Gielgud and others.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, performed by William Shakespeare Playhouse

No time to read Romeo and Juliet, and no performances happening nearby? Listen to it in full at home, work or on the go.

Macbeth, performed by Anthony Quayle, Stanley Holloway & Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Experience the tragedy of Macbeth wherever you happen to be.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales & Trevor Nunn

Well-known actors take on the central roles in this interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy.

The Winter’s Tale, performed by Corin Redgrave & Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen stars in this adaptation of the seasonal story.

Love’s Labour’s Lost, performed by various

Featuring Derek Godfrey, Prunella Scales, Diana Rigg and more.

Music

Two Loves: A Sequence of Poetry and Music, adapted by John Dowland, performed by Julian Bream & Peggy Ashcroft

Well-known and less well-known Shakespearian poems and sonnets set to music.

Music of Great Authors & Artists: William Shakespeare, performed by various

Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello and more.

Shakespeare in Love: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture, by Stephen Warbeck

For fans of the 1998 film starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Lisa Brennan

Lisa Brennan

I'm a content and reader development librarian.