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Best of British - The Shakespeare Collection I

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Best of British - The Shakespeare Collection I

Best Of British - The Shakespeare Collection Series I - 3 DVD Box Set - NEW

3 DVD, PAL, Region 2

Our BEST OF BRITISH range is a selection of three great DVD productions combined together to make an excellent gift at an unbeatable price. All these Best Of British series box sets are original, Unique and available only from us. All DVDs are Brand NEW and SELAED.

Disc One - THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - The BBC Shakespeare Collection

"If you prick us do we not bleed?
If you tickle us do we not laugh?
If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

Starring Warren Mitchell and John Nettles...

Antonio’s best friend, Bassanio, is in love with Portia, a wise and wealthy heiress, and needs three thousand ducats to press his suit. With Antonio’s wealth tied up in ships at sea, he approaches Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, who agrees to lend the money under the provision that Antonio shall forfeit a pound of his flesh if the debt is unpaid. When Antonio’s ships become wrecked, Shylock, the maligned Jew, calls for the debt to be settled.

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, celebrated for its captivating villain, Shylock. In a production full of contrasts and ambiguities, Warren Mitchell plays the moneylender with a finely balanced combination of wickedness and pathos – leaving the audience to decide whether he is a villain, a buffoon or a tragic hero?

Disc Two - THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - The Shakespeare Collection

"O, what a world of vile ill-favour’d faults
Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year.

Starring Ben Kinsley, Prunella Scales, Alan Bennett and Richard Griffiths...

Among the honest folk of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff stands out as a rogue, a chancer and an oaf. More concerned with his lack of money, the ageing, overweight Falstaff hatches a plan to court two wealthy married women, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When the two wives get together they devise their own plan to teach the knight a lesson...

Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy of love and money was supposedly written because Queen Elizabeth wanted to see Falstaff in love. One of the great Shakespearian characters, Falstaff, played here with great gusto by Richard Griffiths, is mercilessly taunted by Judy Davis and Prunella Scales as the wives.

Disc Three - AS YOU LIKE IT - The Shakespeare Collection

"All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

Starring Helen Mirren, James Bolam, Brian Stirner and Angharad Rees...

Banished young lovers Orlando and Rosalind escape to the Forest of Arden with their friends and servants. In this idyllic setting, they find the simple life confused by entangled love affairs, cross-dressing, love poems and even a lion...

Helen Mirren and Brian Stirner star as Rosalind and Orlando in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Considering the delights of love, the nature of human experience and the contrast between life in the court and the country. Shakespeare fills the romantic plot with both humorous and clever wordplay.


In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.

We stock all the DVDs available in this series which is part of William Shakespeare - A Complete Collection a BBC production of Shakespeare plays from 1978-1985 starring a list of some of our best loved actors and actresses such as Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Felicity Kendall, John Cleese, Diana Rigg, the list goes on and on...

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