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Chop Bard

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The show dedicated to revealing the plays of William Shakespeare as tasty entertainment for today’s hungry audience. Be you actor or observer, this show offers a fresh look at some very old goods.

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The show dedicated to revealing the plays of William Shakespeare as tasty entertainment for today’s hungry audience. Be you actor or observer, this show offers a fresh look at some very old goods.

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Best podcast on Shakespeare ever

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new favorite podcast! just great content!!

iTunes Ratings

151 Ratings
Average Ratings
138
3
4
2
4

Love

By Kris1900000 - Aug 16 2019
Read more
Best podcast on Shakespeare ever

wow!

By jdojsiijaisiijijojoj - Mar 18 2019
Read more
new favorite podcast! just great content!!

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The show dedicated to revealing the plays of William Shakespeare as tasty entertainment for today’s hungry audience. Be you actor or observer, this show offers a fresh look at some very old goods.

142 Something From Nothing

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King Lear – Act I scene 1 – The King has decided to retire and demands to know which of his daughters loves him the most, as he breaks apart the kingdom. It does not go well. Featuring: Rebecca Gross

Jul 29 2015

1hr 25mins

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141 Don't Fear the Lear

Jul 08 2015

1hr 12mins

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110 The Episode for Actors

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On this special episode we take an in depth look at the craft of acting Shakespeare; The tools, skills, and awareness you must develop in order to competently serve an audience.

Oct 23 2013

1hr 42mins

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180 The Road To Richard

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Henry VI part 1 – Intro – Is this Shakespeare? What’s Stylometry? Were there any famous Elizabethan pamphleteers? All of these questions, plus a recap of the previous (second) tetralogy, and more, in our introduction to part one of Henry VI.

Jul 07 2018

1hr 29mins

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34 Crossing Denmark

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Hamlet 4.4 – En Route to England, our escorted prince runs into Fortinbras and his army, inspiring him to perform one final soliloquy… we are promised bloody thoughts. Hurray!

How's It Gonna End, by Tom Waits, courtesy of http://music.mevio.com

Aug 19 2010

30mins

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116 Adieu l'Angleterre

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Henry V 2.3-2.4 – After one final visit to the old tavern in Eastcheap, we say farewell to England and bonjour to France, where King Charles VI prepares for the worst.

Mar 01 2014

55mins

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172 Love Is A Battlefield

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A Midsummer Night's Dream – Act I scene 1 – Conflicts abound four days before the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.

Oct 31 2017

1hr 18mins

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171 Living The Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream – An Introduction – Our Dream begins with some useful information to help us navigate this strange journey.

Sep 29 2017

1hr 5mins

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109 Farewell Sack and Sugar

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2 Henry IV 5.1-5.5 – As the wayward prince sets aside his past in order to become the king, there's still a few loose ends to tie up and one final showdown to be had.

Oct 01 2013

1hr 41mins

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114 The Humour of it

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Henry V 2.0-2.1 – The youth of England may be hot for war, but before we follow the King to Southampton, we need to visit some old friends in Eastcheap.

Jan 10 2014

52mins

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146 A Queasy Question

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King Lear – Act II scene 1 – Gloucester receives a surprise visit, just as Edmund’s deceptions pay off, and whispered rumors hint of war.

Oct 27 2015

56mins

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07 Prodigious Birth of Love

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We finish off act I. Romeo and Juliet finally meet, and we have a new segment- Cover your tender ears, it's hot!

Mar 11 2009

33mins

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21 Stick it Freud!

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We begin our series on Hamlet by letting go of some of the baggage this poor play has had to carry around, while we shed some light on the myth of Hamlet’s mommy issues.

Shakespeare Pie by The FuMP, courtesy of http://music.mevio.com

Feb 23 2010

39mins

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113 It's a McGuffin!

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Henry V 1.2 – The Salic law issue is laid to rest, and the ambassadors from France bring a very special gift from the Dauphin to King Henry.

Dec 21 2013

1hr 8mins

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40 The Tempest blows!

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The Tempest – We begin our third series with one of Shakespeare’s last plays: on a mysterious island, inhabited by spirits, monsters and survivors… wait, is this about Lost? Leis a lurrighan, by Ceili Moss, courtesy of music.mevio.com

Oct 28 2010

39mins

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107 John Gives Peace A Chance

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2 Henry IV 4.1-4.2 – Prince John invites the The Archbishop of York and crew to parley peace (oh look, there's wine!) and Falstaff arrives just in time to catch some action.

Aug 20 2013

1hr 25mins

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158 Tragical-Comical-Pastoral... Romance?

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The Winter's Tale – Intro, and Act I scene 1 – A sad tale may be best for winter, but Shakespeare had something else in mind. Come join us in the Kingdom of Sicilia, where everything is just swell.

Sep 14 2016

51mins

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22 Cue the ghost

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Hamlet 1.1 - we begin at midnight, in the cold… and already there is trouble in the air.

Mar 10 2010

37mins

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38 Two clowns enter, one clown leaves

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Hamlet 5.1 – Finally, Hamlet’s back in the play, and there are clowns in the graveyard! It doesn’t make Ophelia’s funeral any more festive though.

Sep 25 2010

53mins

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08 Love be blind

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We stagger into Act 2 scene one, as Romeo tries to avoid his mischievous friends, setting Mercutio in rare form. And I review McCarter Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night.

Mar 20 2009

31mins

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196 Report of Naughty Persons

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Henry VI part 2 – Act II Scene 1 

King Henry and Queen Margaret, accompanied by quarreling nobles, are hawking in St. Albans when they encounter a miracle.

Nov 29 2019

49mins

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195 Within The Hallowed Verge 

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Henry VI part 2 – Act I Scene 4

The witch, conjuror, and priest promised by John Hume, gather in Gloucesters garden where they will raise a spirit to answers Dame Eleanor’s 3 questions. 

Oct 31 2019

45mins

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194 Enter La Queen

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Henry VI part 2 – Act I Scene 3

Queen Margaret confides in Suffolk. Gloucester is beset with slanders. A mechanical’s petition casts doubt on York. The King barely speaks.

Sep 27 2019

1hr 7mins

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193 Mrs. Protector

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Henry VI part 2 – Act I Scene 2

Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, knows how to overcome a base and humble mind.

Aug 29 2019

39mins

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192 Ambition Follows

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Henry VI part 2 – Act I Scene 1

Suffolk returns from France with England’s new Queen, Margaret. Cardinal Beaufort sows discord against Gloucester.

Aug 07 2019

1hr 7mins

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191 Ash and Desire

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Henry VI part 1 – Act V Scene 4, 5 

Joan makes her fiery exit as France agrees to peace, and Henry chooses his Queen.

Jun 22 2019

1hr 23mins

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190 The Once and Future Queen

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Henry VI part 1 – Act V Scene 1, 2, 3

An older King Henry still follows Gloucesters lead, as Winchester becomes a Cardinal, Joan despairs, and Margaret makes an impression.

May 31 2019

1hr 18mins

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189 Icarus

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Henry VI part 1 – Act 4 Scene 2-7

As Talbot and son fight for their lives at Bordeaux, York and Somerset bicker over blame from a distance.

Apr 30 2019

1hr 35mins

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188 Two Crowns One King

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Henry VI part 1 – Act IV Scene 1

In Paris, with his second coronation, Henry is now king of England and France, but the moment is eclipsed by traitors and petty squabbles.

Mar 31 2019

1hr 22mins

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187 Twit Me Not

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Henry VI part 1 – Act III Scene 2, 3, 4Taunts are hurled from the walls of Rouen. Joan puts Burgundy’s loyalty to the test as King Henry arrives in Paris.

Feb 28 2019

1hr 29mins

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186 Enter The King

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Henry VI part 1 – Act III Scene 1 Even though he is only a child, King Henry VI makes his first appearance in order to stop the feuding between Gloucester and Winchester… oh, and to restore Richard Plantagenet as the rightful Duke of York.

Jan 31 2019

1hr 12mins

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185 Plucking Roses

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Henry VI part 1 – Act II Scene 4, 5 An argument in the Temple Garden turns the red and white roses there into symbols of enmity. Richard Plantagenet pays a visit to his dying uncle and discovers his destiny.

Dec 30 2018

1hr 21mins

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184 Bizarre Interlude

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Henry VI part 1 – Act 2 Scene 1, 2, 3 The historic loss of Orléans was too much to bear, therefore we will follow Talbot on a much more satisfying fantasy adventure.

Nov 29 2018

1hr 4mins

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183 None Shall Pass

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Henry VI part 1 – Act I Scenes 3, 4, 5 (6) It’s not looking good. Gloucester is locked out of the tower. Talbot returns from captivity, only to witness the English lose ground to the French led by Joan.

Oct 20 2018

1hr 37mins

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182 The Maid Of Orléans

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Henry VI part 1 – Act I Scene 2 Charles the Dauphin and his followers made a strong start, but their momentum falters at Orléans. Perhaps their siege needs a woman’s touch.

Sep 07 2018

56mins

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181 Too Famous To Live

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Henry VI part 1 – Act I Scene 1 At the foot of Henry V’s coffin, messengers deliver bad news from France. Winchester goes to the dark side.

Scott’s Law - Connecting the use of Thou vs. You with personal space.

  • “Character A might call Character B "thou" if and only if Character A would be allowed to step into Character B's personal space.” - Scott Maxwell
  • Use You: to address someone of equal, or greater personal space. Use Thou: to address someone with lesser, or shared personal space.

Aug 05 2018

1hr 3mins

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180 The Road To Richard

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Henry VI part 1 – Intro – Is this Shakespeare? What’s Stylometry? Were there any famous Elizabethan pamphleteers? All of these questions, plus a recap of the previous (second) tetralogy, and more, in our introduction to part one of Henry VI.

Jul 07 2018

1hr 29mins

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179 All Is Mended

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A Midsummer Night's Dream – Act V scene 1 – To celebrate the triple wedding, and conclude our play, the rude mechanicals take to the stage, and live their dream at last.

Apr 23 2018

1hr 39mins

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178 Bottom's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream – Act IV scene 1 & 2 – The dream is ending. With the coming of dawn the mortal world takes hold, but some enchantments remain.

Mar 31 2018

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177 What Fools These Mortals Be!

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A Midsummer Night's Dream – Act III scene 2 – Mistakes have been made, and hearts broken, setting the scene for one last romp in the faerie wood.

Mar 15 2018

1hr 39mins

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