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[published] => 2021-02-02
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Shakespearean actress Tina Packer takes on St. Luke!

The Gospel of Luke springs to new life in the hands of famed Shakespearean actress Tina Packer! The powerful King James Version of the Gospels has never been more accessible.

Packer’s powerful narration boldly showcases the historic text and is delighting listeners all over the world. 

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[title] => Tales from Shakespeare
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[published] => 2020-08-14
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Legendary actress and Shakespearean expert Tina Packer takes all the fear out of understanding Shakespeare by adapting 10 of the Bard’s most famous plays into easily understood short stories, retold in modern language. Her introduction provides the listener with easy-to-digest information about Elizabethan England and Shakespeare’s life and work. 

The stories: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest, Othello, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet. 

At the end of the recording, exclusively for Audible, Tina Packer performs three of her favorite Shakespearean monologues. After listening to the stories, it will be easy to guess which plays they are from! 

Tina Packer is the internationally renowned founder of the premiere theater company Shakespeare and Co and has acted in and directed many productions of the tales retold here. 

“We’re passionate about bringing the classics to today’s listeners in fun, relevant and easy-to-listen-to audiobooks”, says co-producer Alison Larkin. 

“As soon as I learned that Tina has turned 10 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays into short stories I knew they would make for an entertaining and important audiobook. We’re thrilled to have partnered with Shakespeare & Company to help make this happen”.

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[title] => Women of Will
[subtitle] => Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays
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Women of Will, a narrative combining trenchant analysis and riveting scenes, explores the themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Drawing on her knowledge as director, actor, and teacher, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer from feckless misogynist in his youth to committed lover in his middle years to unrepentant feminist in his final years.

Based on her five-part theatrical performance of the same name (currently touring throughout the world), Women of Will combines the knowledge of performance, discussion, and debate with the dramatic tension stemming from the influences Shakespeare responded to in his life and from Packer’s desire to show how powerful and distinct the women characters are in his plays. From Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing to Lady Macbeth to Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and everyone in between, Women of Will gives a unique and exhilarating perspective on some of the most well-known classical texts in the English language.

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