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Podcast Shakespeare

A listening tour through the works, life, and afterlife of William Shakespeare.

Jun 23, 2019

“Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”

— Alençon, Act III, scene ii

In episode #13, a quick jaunt through the critical fortunes of Henry VI, Part 1, not an historically beloved play. From the “prequel” question to the plays role as a barometer of Britain’s feelings on nationalism, to just how many...

May 22, 2019

"Awake, awake, English nobility!"

In episode #12, we look at Shakespeare's early history play Henry VI, Part 1, which sets the tone for the Wars of the Roses. It's a rip-roaring, Hollywoodised tour of history. Come along to the Gates of Ruin, pick your favourite-coloured rose, and mercilessly mock the French. Why not?...

Apr 25, 2019

"I'm a maid mad to marry
And will take double-quick
Any Tom, Dick or Harry,
Any Tom, Harry or Dick!"

- Lois Lane / Bianca, in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate

We're back with episode 10! Today I explore the critical and theatrical history of The Taming of the Shrew, from folk tales to musicals, from the Victorians to...

Apr 12, 2019

"From fairest creatures we desire increase...."

Hello, friends! This is a bonus episode to give you a taste of my new Patreon campaign. Subscribers to the Patreon can contribute a few dollars to the running of the podcast in exchange for bonus content.

I'll be recording Shakespeare's sonnets, with analysis...

Apr 10, 2019

“He that is giddy thinks the world turns round” – The Widow

We’re back with episode 8! Despite some mid-episode audio issues, we’re commencing my look at The Taming of the Shrew, circa 1592, one of the Bard’s rougher early works. Join me for a journey through the plot’s highs and lows,...