Thursday 7 August 2014

A Performance in the Sky With British Airways

To celebrate the Bard's 450th anniversary British Airways are putting on eleven of William Shakespeare's best loved plays.

Many of Britain's favourite actors will star in fully dramatised audio versions of Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Henry V, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Richard III and Julius Caesar.

Featuring Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Ewan McGregor, Timothy West, Michael Sheen, Harriet Walter, Kate Beckinsale and many more, these plays will be made available on BA's inflight entertainment system.

Five centuries since he wrote them, the Best of the Bard are still going strong on Britain's premier airline. Naxos AudioBooks reckon it's the first time the playwright has taken to the air in such abundance.

To celebrate the anniversary the Royal Shakespeare Company are putting on every one of his plays between now and 2019, but if you can't get to Stratford you can always catch up in the sky.

A new survey by the Audio Publishers Association found that audiobooks are now among the most popular form of entertainment with long distance travellers. 37% of people in the UK and US have listened to an audiobook and 25% do so regularly.

“Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven” William Shakespeare, Henry VI

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