"Shakespeare's sonnets read in conjunction with the Great Tragedies were a revelation and influenced substantially the eventual shape of the show. I concur with Wordsworth that Shakespeare's sonnets are the key to his heart and believe implicitly that they are not literary exercise, as some elevated minds conclude, but are an intensely personal statement that constructs a complicated, enigmatic documentary. They along with the plays and long narrative poems, evidence a genius of sublime vision, whose wisdom and understanding of life are almost superhuman; but closer inspections also reveals a practical, didactic, sometimes paranoid man, whose experience of life encompasses love, lust, ambition, bliss, jealousy and despair. In other words, as well as being the worlds greatest literary genius, he was also very much one of us." ... Brian Bedford
"The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet" played to sold out shows throughout North America.
Produced at the state of the art recording studios of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with sound effects and music.
Approximate Duration 1 Hour.
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This one-man show brings Shakespeare to life as Bedford weaves biographical aspects of the Bard's life with selections from his plays, sonnets, and narrative poems. The selections show the tragic, the comic, and the passionate sides of the genius at his best. British actor Brian Bedford brings his own brand of genius to this presentation as he comments on Shakespeare, and, before we know it, he slips into one of the plays and draws us into the character. Bedford plays the tragic and the comic with marvelous conviction. The single cassette is packaged in a sturdy plastic case with notes about Shakespeare and the program. P.B.J. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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