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Shakespeare Alive

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Theatre professionals, artists, vloggers and other guests from around the world join resident Shakespeare Birthplace Trust experts Paul and Anjna to discuss Shakespeare's place in the 21st century. We hear about their relationships with Shakespeare in the modern world and take a fresh look at Shakespeare in today's society.
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During the bicentenarial year of the birth of Charles Dickens (7th February 1812), the University of Warwick is celebrating the life and works of one of the greatest authors to ever put pen to paper. Experts from the University and beyond explore the genius of Dickens across different aspects of his experiences, knowledge, philanthropy, character-rich novels and the Victorian era, in which he lived. Video and audio interviews with leading academics plus readings of extracts of his work pay h ...
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Award-winning actor, Freddie Fox, speaks to Anjna about performing Hamlet, a last-minute Romeo, his love of poetry, and his dream of one day playing romantic hero, Benedick. Please note that Freddie uses an expletive (sh**) on one occasion. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be inclu…
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The award-winning actor, Adrian Lester, speaks to Paul about his Shakespearian roles – Rosalind, Henry V, Hamlet, and Othello – working with the late, great director Peter Brook, his portrayal of the pioneering nineteenth-century actor Ira Aldridge, and about why Shakespeare matters. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one mod…
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Award-winning costume designer, Evie Gurney, speaks to Anjna about her costumes for the National Theatre’s Antony and Cleopatra and the 2022 production of Much Ado About Nothing, as well as her process and aspirations for costume design in the theatre. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think sho…
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Paul speaks to the internationally acclaimed actor, director, and visionary, Lisa Wolpe, who continues to be at the forefront of the movement for gender parity and diversity in the arts with a special focus on Shakespeare and Gender. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in …
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Hosts of the popular podcast Not Another Shakespeare Podcast, James and Nora, speak to Anjna about their mission to humanise early modern drama, making it fun (and sometimes silly) for their audiences. They also have an incredible film recommendation. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think shou…
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The Stratford Festival, Ontario began in 1953. A newly-enhanced Tom Patterson Theatre has just opened, named after the festival’s founding-visionary. Paul speaks to the current artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, to find out more their vibrant work and aspirations. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that t…
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Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri talks to Paul Edmondson about Shakespeare in India and about editing A Midsummer Night's Dream . Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. What do you think of their choices, and what would you choose? …
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Former Director of Music at Shakespeare's Globe, Bill Barclay, tells Anjna all about the place of music in Shakespeare, and passing the proverbial torch to the next generation of theatre-makers. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the f…
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Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, Michelle Terry, shares her journeys and wisdom with Paul. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. What do you think of their choices, and what would you choose? Let us know at shakespear…
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Phil Bowen and Sue Best, the couple behind The Shakepseare Link, tell Anjna all about setting up their remarkable charity, building their stunning replica of Shakespeare's Globe out of willow, and their exciting adventures in the digital world. Remember to rate and review Shakespeare Alive and complete our survey by visiting: www.shakespeare.org.uk…
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Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., Michael Witmore, talks to Paul about the history of the library and some of his favourite items in its collection, as well as the Folger's iconic location. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Sha…
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Alexa, Professor of English at George Washington University, talks to Anjna about her fascinating research and new book, Shakespeare and East Asia (OUP, 2021). Covering everything from Romeo and Juliet in Singlish, to Japanese productions of King Lear, Alexa offers a crucial and much-needed insight into the political as well as cultural significanc…
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A glimpse of what is to come on series three of Shakespeare Alive, including the voices of Michelle Terry, Bill Barclay and Alexa Alice Joubin. Subscribe and remember to rate our show on Apple Podcasts, or your usual podcast platform. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in…
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Writer and broadcaster, Islam Issa of Birmingham City University, talks to Paul about his own Egyptian identity and Shakespeare, and how this relates to his teaching, career, and life. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. Wha…
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Professor Jyotsna Singh from Michigan State University talks to Anjna about growing up in India, Shakespeare and Indian cinema, and decolonising Shakespeare in global interpretations and scholarship. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of …
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Matt Pinches from the award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company talks to Anjna about its 15 year journey, and what the future may hold for the charitable organisation. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. What do you think …
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Paul speaks with actress and founder of Flute Theatre , Kelly Hunter MBE, about using Shakespeare to engage with young people living with autism. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. What do you think of their choices, and wh…
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Rob Myles, Artistic Director of The Show Must Go Online, talks to Anjna about directing 36 plays online in the year of Covid. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Shakespeare museum of the future. What do you think of their choices, and what would you choose?…
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Nathan and Simon Dowling are the faces and masterminds of the YouTube channel, The Break A Leggers. In the final episode of this series Anjna talks to them about their experiences of reviewing theatre and their expectations of watching Shakespeare live in the modern world. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day ite…
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Paul talks to Gregory Doran, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, about what made him a Shakespearian and what that means to him personally, and to the company. They also discuss cross-gendered casting, and how theatrical performance brings Shakespeare to life in our own time and culture. Support the show We ask our guests and li…
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This week’s guest is the founder of theatre company Will & Co, Victoria Baumgartner. We’ll be talking about her play Will and hearing all about her groundbreaking project to bring Shakespeare to your own doorstep during the Covid 19 pandemic. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be inc…
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Paul chats to Debra Ann Byrd, the entrepreneurial artistic director of the Harlem Shakespeare Festival, about why she founded her company, what it does, and about her important and inspiring memoir; Becoming Othello, A Black Girl’s Journey. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be inclu…
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Anjna’s joined by stick figure artist and Shakespeare super-fan Mya Gosling, creator of the web comic Good Tickle Brain. Join us as we discuss how Mya breaks down barriers to Shakespeare, making his works feel accessible and, most importantly, fun. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should …
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Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare's Globe, talks to Paul about her first encounter with Shakespeare, her experiences of academia and her work on the Shakespeare and Race festival. Support the show We ask our guests and listeners to share one modern-day item that they think should be included in an imagined Sha…
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