Sep 3, 2017
"Thou hadst small Latin and lesse Greek..."
In episode five, we explore William Shakespeare's family background, his childhood in Stratford-upon-Avon, and follow him from school to wedlock to the open road. Along the way, we learn what to do in Stratford in the 1500s, how many Annes there were, and why you should never...
Aug 25, 2017
"Love me / Not your idea of me! / Release me / From your fantasy."
- Silvia in the 1971 rock musical 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'
We explore the critical and popular history of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' from the Elizabethan age to the 1970s counter-culture, by way of light opera, Machiavelli, and the British...
Aug 15, 2017
"He after honour hunts, I after love" - Proteus
We begin our three-episode investigation of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona', arguably the Bard's first play, circa 1589. Join me for a journey through the highs and lows of the plot, by way of Greek mythology, why the Ancients liked green honey, and our first casual bigotry...
Aug 9, 2017
"She sat like Patience on a monument,
smiling at grief." -- Viola, 'Twelfth Night'
Before we kick off the festivities, a quick trip through the backstory of Western theatre, and a look at some of the early playwrights of the Elizabethan era, including Kit Marlowe.
Aug 8, 2017
"In states unborn and accents yet unknown." - Cassius, Julius Caesar
A brief overview of what's to come on Podcast Shakespeare, and some recommendations for enjoyable listening.