Romeo and Juliet
If you want to see how Shakespeare can come alive on CD-ROM, try Romeo and Juliet (Attica Cybernetics – all ages). The opening screen offers a hexagon with the play at the center and Plot, Background, Performance, Characters, Themes, and Language arrayed around it. In short, everything you need to know. Moving between these sections is easy and quick. The audio (from a BBC production) is terrific, and the video is superb. The text is fully annotated, and everything is hyperlinked. Bonuses included Germaine Greer’s “Shakespeare in Perspective”, and interviews with and commentary from Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, and Peter Hall, to name a few. On top of this is a separate program, The Life of Shakespeare. There is attribution and documentation for everything, so you know what you’re getting. It’s hard to imagine how you could improve on this CD-ROM, but Attica plans to release Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the near future so, happily, we’ll have a chance to compare.
– August 1995, Kid’s Education