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Judi Dench's Exits & Entrances: A Celebration Of Shakespeare CD

A Shakespearean celebration, with readings by Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet, Emilia Fox and the late Jeffery Dench available on April 8th

Exits and Entrances commemorates the 400th anniversary on April 23rd 2016 of the death of the world's most celebrated playwright William Shakespeare.

The recording comprises readings of many of the most well known and best-loved verse and sonnets from the world's finest playwright, with specially scored original light classical music accompanying nine of the twenty four tracks on the album, written by British composer Jackie Williams. It features the renowned stage and screen actress, the iconic Dame Judi Dench, with some of her favourite selections from the Bard's works, alongside television and theatre actor David Suchet, best-known for his unique TV portrayal of Agatha Christie's Poirot, the hugely popular successful TV series syndicated to many countries.

Also featured is Emilia Fox from the famous Fox family dynasty, well-known for her lead character in crime drama 'Silent Witness', along with two other celebrated members of the Dench family. Jeffery Dench, late brother of Dame Judi, was a prolific actor and member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, well-known for his powerfully-intoned Shakespeare roles, who adds a contrastingly robust tone, and Oliver Dench, grandson of Jeffery, is an aspiring actor who recently adapted and performed Hamlet to great acclaim, playing all the characters in the play.

The project was originated by producer Mike Ritson and his musician partner Jackie. Ritson went to art college in Liverpool at the same time as John Lennon and had a successful career working in advertising in the 1980s before becoming a TV producer for ITN. On the 24 tracks, the stars each perform well-known snippets from Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, The Merchant of VeniceRichard III, and As You Like It, as well as sonnet selections.

Dame Judi Dench recently appeared on the popular British radio show Desert Island Discs (the longest-running programme on the BBC) selecting her eight favourite records. Among them she chose her brother Jeffery Dench's recital of Sonnet 18 - 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' - from "Exits And Entrances", with the familiar line, 'thy eternal summer shall not fade',  lent extra poignancy by the fact that Stratford resident Jeffery passed away last year.

Pre-order now at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon.

Competition closing date

Sunday, 24 April 2016 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

We have 5 copies of Judi Dench’s Exits & Entrances: A Celebration of Shakespeare CD to give away; to enter simply answer the question below:-


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