AUDIO RELEASE: BBC Radio Shakespeare Comedies Collection Includes David Tennant Production

Immerse yourself in over 16 hours of Shakespeare with the release of a new collection of  BBC audio productions of some of the Bard's best loved comedies. BBC Radio Shakespeare: Comedies comprises eight plays with all star casts including David Tennant, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Martin Jarvis, Siân Phillips and Miriam Margolyes.

The collection includes David Tennant's first take on the role of reluctant lover Benedick in the merry comedy of wit, words and romance, Much Ado About Nothing. The 2004 radio production co-stars Samantha Spiro as Beatrice. David was to reprise the role on stage in 2011 opposite Catherine Tate. 

Full of merriment, mayhem, mischief and mistaken identity, the collection of eight iconic radio productions of Shakespeare’s most magical comedies, dramatised with all-star casts and introduced by Sir Richard Eyre, will be released on 20th August on digital download via Audible in the UK and USA.

The eight productions included are:

Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare's delightful comedy sparkles with the verbal sparring of our two reluctant lovers in a world where nothing is quite what it seems. David Tennant and Samantha Spiro star as Benedick and Beatrice.

As You Like It
The Forest of Arden resonates with declarations of love in this joyous pastoral comedy, starring Helena Bonham Carter as Rosalind, David Morrissey as Orlando and Natasha Little as Celia.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In this delightful comic fantasy, four young lovers and a troupe of actors have a bewitching encounter with Fairyland. Starring David Threlfall as Theseus/Oberon, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Titania/Hippolyta and Amanda Root as Hermia.

The Merchant of Venice
Shakespeare's thrilling courtroom drama explores the eternal themes of love and hate, mercy and justice. Starring Warren Mitchell as Shylock, with Martin Jarvis as Antonio, Juliet Aubrey as Portia and Samuel West as Bassanio.

Twelfth Night
On the night when all the world is turned on its head, girls become boys and women lust after women, in this most optimistic of Shakespeare's comedies. Michael Maloney stars as Orsino and Anne-Marie Duff as Viola.

The Tempest
A ship at sea and an enchanted island are the settings for this allegorical tale of betrayal, sorcery, revenge and reconciliation. Starring Philip Madoc as Prospero and Nina Wadia as Ariel.

The Taming of the Shrew
Farce, disguise, elaborate role-playing and acerbic exchanges of wit combine to make up an extraordinary love story that still sparks controversy 400 years after it was written. Gerard McSorley stars as Petruchio and Ruth Mitchell as Katherina.

All’s Well That Ends Well
This intriguing play tells of the questionable course of action a young woman takes to win the hand of the man she loves. Emma Fielding stars as Helena, with Siân Phillips, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Griffiths and Simon Russell Beale.