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Shakespeare Unlimited podcast

Shakespeare Unlimited podcast

William Shakespeare and his works are woven throughout our global culture, from theater, music, and films to new scholarship, education, amazing discoveries, and more. In our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, Shakespeare opens a window into topics ranging from the American West, to the real history of Elizabethan street fighting, to interviews with Shakespearean stars. As you’ll hear, he turns up in surprising places, too—including outer space. Join us for a “no limits” tour of the connections between Shakespeare, his works, and our world.

Romeo and Juliet through the Ages
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Romeo and Juliet through the Ages

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 12 Though the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet is a perennial favorite, the world around the play has changed in the four centuries since it was first performed. Shifting attitudes about taboo love and marriage,…

Music in Shakespeare
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Music in Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 11 Rebecca Sheir, host of our Shakespeare Unlimited series, interviews Ross W. Duffin, professor at Case Western University, about musical hints in Shakespeare that have been flying over the heads of most audiences and readers for 400…

Artistic Directors Talk Shakespeare
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Artistic Directors Talk Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 10 Shakespeare’s words and stories may be timeless, but what does that mean when you stage his plays for a modern American audience? That’s a challenge that artistic directors relish as they explore the plays’ many possibilities.…

Shakespeare and Insane Asylums
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Shakespeare and Insane Asylums

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 9 Plenty of people today consider Shakespeare a literary genius, a pillar of theater history, a gifted writer of timeless love poems, and more. But even the most over-the-top contemporary admirer of Shakespeare is unlikely to consider…

Why Shakespeare's Stories Still Resonate
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Why Shakespeare's Stories Still Resonate

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 8 Why do Shakespeare’s works, written so long ago, still speak to us today? Just as actors and directors strive to work out this question on the stage, the academy continues to find new meaning in Shakespeare,…

Shakespeare LOL
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Shakespeare LOL

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 7 Let’s face it: Modern audiences sometimes go from roaring with laughter to scratching their heads when it comes to enjoying Shakespeare’s jokes four hundred years later. How (and why) has “what’s funny” changed over the years—and…

Shakespeare in Translation
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Shakespeare in Translation

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 6 What happens when Shakespeare’s work is translated into foreign languages? Is it still Shakespeare? Or does something fundamental to the original evaporate in the process? Scholars and theater artists, with Rebecca Sheir, host of our Shakespeare…

Marcus Kyd on Punk Rock Shakespeare
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Marcus Kyd on Punk Rock Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 5 How can young people connect with Shakespeare? It’s a question that confronts each generation. Members of Taffety Punk, a Washington, DC, theater company, have taken to heart the mission of bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century.…

Shakespeare Outdoors
Watercolor depiction of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing, 2005
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Shakespeare Outdoors

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 4 Pack the picnic basket. Grab a blanket. Don’t forget the bug spray. Shakespeare under the stars is a long-standing tradition in America and around the world.

In Search of the Real Richard III
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In Search of the Real Richard III

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 3 Shakespeare not only talked about his own times; he also wrote history plays that showed us the past—though it was a past filtered through the politics and prejudices of Shakespeare’s present. Questions about this came up…

Actresses on Shakespeare
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Actresses on Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 2 In Shakespeare’s time, only men appeared on stage, with teenage boys playing the women’s parts. Today, women play women and sometimes men—and vice-versa. In this podcast we have gathered some of the best-known actresses in the…

The Robben Island Shakespeare
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The Robben Island Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 1 While Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on South Africa’s Robben Island, one of the other political prisoners, Sonny Venkatrathnam, managed to retain a copy of Shakespeare’s complete works. Venkatrathnam secretly circulated the book to many of his…

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