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Let's Talk Shakespeare

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Let's Talk Shakespeare: How Did Actors Learn Their Lines?

For the fourth episode of Let’s Talk Shakespeare, I asked “How did actors learn their lines?”. If you were an actor in the Kings Men, your rehearsal process would have been very different from todays! In this episode I talk to my guests about cure scripts, rehearsal time, where acting companies got their costumes and sets, and who exactly would have done to the theatre. This weeks guests include: Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT  Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute  Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager a the SBT  Dr Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the SBT  Ben Crystal, Actor Director and producer  You can find show notes for today's episode over on our blog: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcast/how-did-actors-learn-their-lines/

25mins

28 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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Let's Talk Shakespeare: Where did Shakespeare Live?

For the fifth episode of Let’s Talk Shakespeare, I asked “Where did Shakespeare Live?”. To answer this question we must look at three differnt periods in his life: his youth, his life in London and his married and family life. In this episode I talk to our guests about the different properties we know Shakespeare lived in, which ones he owned and when he bought them, and we also look at what life would have been like living in these very different properties, both for Shakespeare and his housemates. This weeks guests are: Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT  Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute  Ben Crystal, Actor and Producer  Dr Tara Hamling, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern history at Birmingham University  Dr Paul Edmonson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust You can find the accompanying show notes for this podcast over on our blog: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcast/where-did-shakespeare-live/

29mins

6 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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Let's Talk Shakespeare: When Did Shakespeare go to London?

For the third episode of Let’s Talk Shakespeare, I asked “When Did Shakespeare Go to London?”. There are some lost years in Shakespeare's life, one of which is the period from around 1585 until 1592 when the first reference to him as a playwright appears in print. In this episode I talk to our guests about all the myths and stories that are told around why Shakespeare set out for London, we talk about how he would have travelled and where he would have stayed, but the idea of him as a "literary commuter", travelling between London and Stratford for most of his life. This 1697 map of London Bridge by John Norden shows how London Bridge would have looked when Shakespeare made his way across the river from his lodgings on silver street to the playhouses This weeks guests are: Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT  Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute  Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager a the SBT  Dr Anjna Chouhan, Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the SBT  Dr Tara Hamling, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern history at Birmingham University  Madeleine Cox, Reading Room and Public Services Coordinator at the SBT You can find the show notes for this episode on our blog: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcast/when-did-shakespeare-go-london/

19mins

21 Nov 2015

Rank #3

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Let's Talk Shakespeare: Did Shakespeare Love his Wife?

Episode two of Let's Talk Shakespeare from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. In the second episode of Let’s Talk Shakespeare, I asked “Did Shakespeare love his wife?”. This question has tantalised for years, we have so frustrating little evidence of their relationship, in truth all we know for certain is that they married, had three children, and stayed married until William's death in 1616. In this weeks podcast we discuss how they may have met, the unusual circumstances in which they married, what Williams prolonged absence from his family while he was in London may have meant for his wife and children, and of course the frustratingly vague reference to his wife in his will. This weeks guests on the podcast are: Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT  Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute  Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager a the SBT  Dr Tara Hamling, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern history at Birmingham University  Ben Crystal, actor, writer and producer You can find the show notes for this episode on our blog: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcast/did-shakespeare-love-his-wife/

19mins

14 Nov 2015

Rank #4

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Let's Talk Shakespeare: How did Shakespeare Get so Popular?

For the tenth and final episode of this series of Let’s Talk Shakespeare, I asked “How did Shakespeare get so popular?”. This is a good question, and a lot of people wonder why it is Shakespeare that is so well celebrated over his fellow playwrights. In this episode we looks at lots of reasons why this is the case, through key events and opportunities over the last 400 years that have led to his popularity today. This is such a big topic that this episode really acts and an introduction to further areas you might want to look up. Our experts also express beautifully how and why they enjoy seeing Shakespeare’s plays over and over again. This weeks guests are: Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute  Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager a the SBT  Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT  Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the SBT  Ben Crystal, Actor, director and producer You can find the show notes for this episode on our blog: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/podcast/how-did-shakespeare-get-so-popular/

28mins

10 Jan 2016

Rank #5