Romeo and Juliet, the 'star-crossed lovers' of Shakespeare's great romantic tragedy, fascinate audiences the world over in many different guises and adaptations, year after year. This recording, along with Hamlet, launched the Naxos AudioBooks series of complete dramatisations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. Michael Sheen is a passionate, impulsive Romeo and directs this superlative cast, including some of the most of the best known names in the British theatre world. Juliet is played with great charm and sensitivity by Kate Beckinsale, Fiona Shaw is a warmly humorous Nurse and Frances Barber plays an icy Lady Capulet. With its energy, passion and careful direction, this recording is an audio work of art.