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James Sheldrake, jack of all literary trades, attempts to say something valuable about each of Shakespeare's plays in handy 15-minute instalments.

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James Sheldrake, jack of all literary trades, attempts to say something valuable about each of Shakespeare's plays in handy 15-minute instalments.

    Henry V – The Play, The Myth, The Legend

    Henry V – The Play, The Myth, The Legend

    Henry V: one of the most patriotic characters and plays in all of literature, surely? Not so, says Sheldrake. Henry V and his world are thoroughly morally ambiguous. Also available on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/ndhzfxm

    Henry IV Part 2 – Learning to Play

    Henry IV Part 2 – Learning to Play

    How did people learn to act in the Renaissance? Did the texts themselves co-operate in teaching newish actors how to do certain things? Sheldrake thinks so.

    Short SoS – The Folger Institute

    Short SoS – The Folger Institute

    Amongst the Palladian architecture of Washington DC there lies a grey stone block, the Folger Institute. Its vaults house the largest single collection of Shakespeare First Folios anywhere in the world and it is a hub of scholarly activity. After a recent holiday to Washington, Sheldrake talks you through it. Also available on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/ndhzfxm

    Henry IV, Part 1 – History and Personality

    Henry IV, Part 1 – History and Personality

    What to say about Henry IV Part 1? In the first of three main episodes, each of which will tackle one play in this Henriad, Sheldrake explores a play about history and personality, focussing on Prince Henry and his rival for glory Harry Hotspur. Also available on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/ndhzfxm

    Short SoS – Teaching Shakespeare

    Short SoS – Teaching Shakespeare

    He claims no monopoly on wisdom in this area, but as an academic year draws to a close and the long vacation heaves into view, Sheldrake reflects on his experiences of teaching Shakespeare. Also available on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/ndhzfxm

    Troilus and Cressida – Shakespeare’s Ugliest Play

    Troilus and Cressida – Shakespeare’s Ugliest Play

    We associate Shakespeare with humanity, warmth, generosity and kindness when he writes about people who have made a wrong decision. Even Richard III at the beginning of his play tells us what a dreadful life he’s had until now. Troilus and Cressida is different. Shakespeare is merciless with his characters and shows the Trojan War […]

Customer Reviews

JimmyJames123 ,

SoS

We’ve missed you Sheldrake.. where have you been!?!

charlie kirwan ,

Welcome Back

Erudite & fun a magical introduction and analysis of the wonderful world of Shakespeare.

PaulOrton ,

Great stuff

Just discovered this podcast and am working my way through all the episodes. Excellent stuff- lively and entertaining!

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