Shakespeare Talking Books

Shakepeare Talking Books are available for freeWe’re teaming up with Shakespeare’s Globe this July to make storytelling more accessible to everyone.

An award-winning line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers will gather at Shakespeare’s Globe from 29-31 July for ‘Telling Tales’, an event celebrating the art of storytelling.
Tickets and full event information are available on the Shakespeare's Globe website.
To celebrate we’ve pulled together samples of some of the Shakespeare plays being performed at the event in audio book format.
These and 23,000 other titles are available to download for free for blind and partially sighted people from our Talking Books library.  

A Midsummer Night's Dream  

Lord what fools these mortals be

This fully dramatised version of the romantic comedy is performed by Michael Maloney, Sarah Woodward and Warren Mitchell.

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The Tempest

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep

Sir Ian McKellen and Emilia Fox perform in this fully dramatised version of The Tempest. A wronged Duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done.

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The Merchant of Venice 

All that glisters is not gold 

This fully dramatised version of The Merchant of Venice is performed by Samuel West, Warren Mitchell and Martin Jarvis.

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Bill Bryson's Shakespeare 

If you don’t think you’d like to attempt a whole play, Bill Bryson’s short biography of Shakespeare is an entertaining read that aims to cut through the myths to find the real man behind the legend. 

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