Poetry Please | Sonnet 30 (1993)

Sonnet 30

Selections of poetry on various themes, chosen by listeners. Simon Rae explores Shakespeare's greatest hits with director Bob Carlton. These include Sonnet 30 (When to the sessions) read by Elizabeth Bell, The quality of mercy (The Merchant of Venice) read by Elizabeth Bell, What a piece of work is man (Hamlet) from an archive recording by John Gielgud, Blow winds and crack your cheeks (King Lear) from an archive recording by Alec Guinness, Hath not a Jew eyes (The Merchant of Venice from an archive recording by David Suchet, How sweet the moonlight sleeps (The Merchant of Venice) read by Michael Maloney, Sonnet 29 (When, in disgrace) read by Elizabeth Bell and Sonnet 18 (Shall I compare thee) sung by Cleo Laine with John Dankworth.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Sonnets and Poems
  • Channel: BBC Radio 4
  • Duration: 19'32''
  • Broadcast date: 1993

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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