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Shakespeare In Quarantine, hosted by Alex Evans (actor) and Jimmy Walters (director & producer), is a weekly podcast exploring all things Shakespeare. Join our book club with a new play and new guest each week as we rediscover the stories and step inside the world of the bard. Whether you are an expert, studying or terrified by anything iambic, let us inspire you to read, watch, learn and even perform!

Shakespeare In Quarantine Alexandra Evans

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

Shakespeare In Quarantine, hosted by Alex Evans (actor) and Jimmy Walters (director & producer), is a weekly podcast exploring all things Shakespeare. Join our book club with a new play and new guest each week as we rediscover the stories and step inside the world of the bard. Whether you are an expert, studying or terrified by anything iambic, let us inspire you to read, watch, learn and even perform!

    All the worlds a podcast, and all the men and women merely listeners

    All the worlds a podcast, and all the men and women merely listeners

    With Lucy Phelps.
    In Episode 7, Alex and Jimmy step into the forest of Arden to explore love at first sight, angry Dukes and sibling rivalry in ‘As You Like It’.


    They are joined by Lucy Phelps who played Rosalind for the Royal Shakespeare Company in yet another production that was interrupted by Coronavirus. They discuss the Bechdel Test, Queen Elizabeth 1’s feminist traits and the conspiracy theory behind the authorship question.

    • 41 min
    For pod's sake let's sit whilst in lockdown and tell sad stories of the death of kings

    For pod's sake let's sit whilst in lockdown and tell sad stories of the death of kings

    With Gracy Goldman. This week Alex and Jimmy discuss their first history play Richard II.  They discuss the real man, history and Shakespeare's interpretation. What are the pressures of being a King and what makes a good leader?

    Their guest this week is Gracy Goldman (Quiz, Years and Years, Sense8)

    • 37 min
    Friends, humans and podcast listeners...

    Friends, humans and podcast listeners...

    With Kristin Atherton. Alex and Jimmy come head to head in this episode on the first play they disagree about: Julius Caesar. They explore the morality of the characters, their different takes on the story and famous speeches. 



    Their guest this week is RSC regular Kristin Atherton who has played both Cassius and Calpurnia.

    • 42 min
    A Midsummer Night's Quarantine

    A Midsummer Night's Quarantine

    With Kate Kennedy and David Moorst. In this episode Alex and Jimmy venture into the woods to explore ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. They share their own experiences of high school romances, unrequited loves and explore Shakespeare’s most famous love triangle.

    This week’s guests are Kate Kennedy who played Helena in the BBC adaptation of the play and David Moorst who played Puck at the Bridge Theatre last year.

    • 29 min
    To Quarantine or not to Quarantine?

    To Quarantine or not to Quarantine?

    With Paapa Essiedu. In episode 3 Alex and Jimmy take on Hamlet. They discuss ghosts, the theme of madness, Danish Jeremy Kyle and a prince in isolation...

    Their guest this week is Paapa Essiedu (The Miniaturist, Gangs of London) who played the iconic role for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016.

    • 35 min
    10 Things I Hate About Shrews

    10 Things I Hate About Shrews

    With James Northcote. In episode two Alex and Jimmy explore their first comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. They compare it to the modern adaptation ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, as well as the musical ‘Kiss Me Kate’. They discuss teenage love, the art of wooing the opposite sex and whether this play is a fun story of flirtation, or a dangerous reminder of a pre- feminism age.

    Their guest this week is James Northcote who last month played Lucentio at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The show was sadly cancelled due to covid-19. James has starred in films such as ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ but is most known to fans around the world for his role as Aldhem in Netflix series ‘The Last Kingdom’.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

gvenn88 ,

Great podcast!

Fantastic informative and interesting. Perfect quarantine listening with great hosts. Highly recommended!

laurelslover1992 ,

LOVE IT

Love it! Already feel like I’m learning a lot - so well thought out and easy and fun to listen to!

Donaldson39 ,

Fantastic!

Great podcast while we live in strange times. Haven’t read much of the bard for a long time and these are fantastic booster sessions. Great presenters and really good guests. Thoroughly recommended.

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