The Reign of King Edward the Third

William SHAKESPEARE (1554 - 1616)

The Reign of King Edward the Third is an Elizabethan play printed anonymously in 1596. It has frequently been claimed that it was at least partly written by William Shakespeare, a view that Shakespeare scholars have increasingly endorsed. The rest of the play was probably written by Thomas Kyd. The play contains many gibes at Scotland and the Scottish people, which has led some critics to think that it is the work that incited George Nicolson, Queen Elizabeth's agent in Edinburgh, to protest against the portrayal of Scots on the London stage in a 1598 letter to William Cecil, Lord Burghley. This would explain why the play was not included in the First Folio of Shakespeare's works, which was published after the Scottish King James had succeeded to the English throne in 1603. The plot of the play consists of two distinct parts. The first is centred on the Countess of Salisbury (the wife of the Earl of Salisbury), who, beset by rampaging Scots, is rescued by King Edward III, who then proceeds to woo her himself. In an attempted bluff, the Countess vows to take the life of her husband if Edward will take the life of his wife. However, when she sees that Edward finds the plan morally acceptable, she ultimately threatens to take her own life if he does not stop his pursuit. Finally, Edward expresses great shame, admits his fault and acquiesces. In the second part of the play, in several scenes reminiscent of Henry V, Edward joins his army in France, fighting a war to claim the French throne. The play switches between the French and English camps, where the apparent hopelessness of the English campaign is contrasted with the arrogance of the French. Much of the action is focused on young Edward, the Black Prince, who broods on the morality of war before achieving victory against seemingly insurmountable odds. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Cast

EDWARD THE THIRD, King of England: Ron Altman
EDWARD, Prince of Wales, his Son: David Goldfarb
1) Earl of WARWICK; 2) Earl of MONTFORT: Noel Badrian
Earl of DERBY: Chuck Williamson
1) Earl DOUGLAS; 2) Earl of SALISBURY: Robert Hoffman
Lord AUDLEY: Martin Geeson
1) DAVID, King of Scotland; 2) Lord PERCY: Charlotte Duckett
1) LODOWICK, Edward's Confident; 2) VILLIERS, a French Lord: Rhonda Federman
1) Sir WILLIAM MOUNTAGUE; 2) King of BOHEMIA, Aid to King John; 3)Sir JOHN COPLAND: Jason Mills
1)English ESQUIRE; 2)English HERALD: Aidan Brack
ROBERT, styling himself Earl, of Artois: Kristingj
1) GOBIN DE GREY; 2) Another CAPTAIN: Grace
JOHN, King of France: Bruce Pirie
CHARLES, son of JOHN, King of France: CaprishaPage
PHILIP, son of JOHN, King of France: Amy Gramour
Duke of LORRAIN: alanmapstone
1) First Poor FRENCHMAN; 2)First CITIZEN of Calais: MarcyT
1) Second Poor FRENCHMAN; 2) Second CITIZEN of Calais: Anna Simon
1) A CAPTAIN, of Calais; 2) A MARINER: David Evans and Dave Nicol
1)Third Poor FRENCHMAN; 2)First FRENCH HERALD: Readalot
1) Fourth Poor FRENCHMAN; 2)Second FRENCH HERALD:mb
1) Third FRENCH HERALD; 2) A FRENCH WOMAN: Tiffany Halla Colonna
1) First Scottish MESSENGER ; 2) A POLISH CAPTAIN, Aid to King John; 1) Second Scottish MESSENGER; 2) A POOR INHABITANT, of Calais : Wupperhippo
PHILIPPA, Edward's Queen: Cathy Barratt
Countess of SALISBURY: Elizabeth Klett

Narrator: Algy Pug

In addition to the cast, this audio book was produced by Book Coordinator Algy Pug:
Dedicated Proof-Listener: April Gonzales
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: Amy Gramour

Genre(s): Plays

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Dramatis Personae & Act 1 Group 00:23:50
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:40:30
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:37:13
Play 04 Act 4 Group 00:39:34
Play 05 Act 5 Group 00:15:49