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A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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The History Of European Theatre Philip Rowe

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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    From the English Renaissance to Shakespeare and Jonson

    From the English Renaissance to Shakespeare and Jonson

    Episode 114:
    As an introduction to season six of the podcast in the first part of this episode I lay out the aims for the next season and the approach I will be taking to the monoliths of early English theatre tha tare Shakespeare and Jonson.
    In the second part of the Episode I give a quick recap of Season Five to get you and I back in the zone for all the detail that will follow on Shakespeare and Jonson.
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    • 33 min
    Dionysus and Xanthias: The First Double Act

    Dionysus and Xanthias: The First Double Act

    Episode 115:
    A dive back into Ancient Greek theatre with a look at 'The Frogs' by Aristophanes.
    A recap on the life and plays of Aristophanes.
    A summary of the plot of the play.
    Analysis of the main points raised by the play.
    A short word on a recent production of the play by 'Spymonkey' played at the Kiln Theatre, London in February and March 2024.

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    • 29 min
    Shakespeare In His Time

    Shakespeare In His Time

    Episode 116:
    As an introduction to the season on Shakespeare this episode gives a timeline of events in Shakespeare's life. The focus is on the best estimates for the dates of all his plays and the reasons for those estimates, but also includes the milestones of his life and other significant events of the time that occurred in England.

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    • 35 min
    William of Stratford Part 1: 'To You Your Father Should Be As a God’

    William of Stratford Part 1: 'To You Your Father Should Be As a God’

    Episode 117:
    ‘To you your father should be as a God’.
    -              A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1 Scene 1

    The first of a series of episodes covering the biography of William of Stratford.
    Richard Shakespeare – William’s grandfather
    Richard Shakespeare – William’s uncle
    John Shakespeare – William’s father
                      His move to Stratford Upon Avon
                      His trade as a glover
                      The question of the midden heap
                      Marriage to Mary Arden
                      The elder children of John and Mary Shakespeare
                      The question of William’s birthdate
                      The effect of the plague in Stratford that summer
                      The younger children of John and Mary Shakespeare
                      The business interests of John Shakespeare
                      The legal activates of John Shakespeare
                      The rise to become Mayor of Stratford
                      The application for a coat of arms
                      Accusations of usury
                      Financial worries
                      The withdrawal from the council and church
                      Final years and death

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    • 33 min
    William of Stratford Part 2: 'He Wears The Rose of Youth Upon Him'

    William of Stratford Part 2: 'He Wears The Rose of Youth Upon Him'

    Episode 118:
    Shakespeare's youth, his school days, religious life and marriage.
    A couple of corrections to the last episode on John Shakespeare
    The Shakespeare family's domestic set up.
    Religion and the life of a child in the late 1500's
    Examples of how William's education in Stratford may have looked.
    Anne Hathaway and her family history.
    William and Anne's marriage and the many speculations about anomalies in the records.

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    • 35 min
    Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: A Conversation with Prof Katherine Scheil

    Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: A Conversation with Prof Katherine Scheil

    Episode 119:
    For this episode I’m very pleased to welcome Katherine Sheil, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota.  Katherine is Author of several books about Shakespeare, but today we particularly talk about her book about Shakespeare’s wife called ‘Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway’.  It is a fascinating examination of the known facts of Anne’s life and of how her persona has been used and abused through the centuries, as a means of examining and justifying views of Shakespeare, but also about how Anne has been viewed in her own right.
    Katherine is a leading expert on Anne Hathaway and her legacy to history so, following on from the last podcast episode about Shakespeare’s early life and marriage this was a perfect opportunity to talk to Katherine, who adds much nuanced thought and detail to the subject of Anne’s life, which adds to the basic facts I detailed last time, so if you have not listened to that episode yet it’s probably a good idea to do so before returning here.
    Katherine Scheil is Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several books about Shakespeare, including The Taste of the Town: Shakespearean Comedy and the Early Eighteenth-Century Theatre; Shakespeare/Adaptation/Modern Drama (with Randall Martin);  She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America; Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway; Shakespeare & Biography (with Graham Holderness); and Shakespeare & Stratford. She is finishing a book on the history of women and Stratford-upon-Avon, and a book about Shakespeare and biofiction, called Father Shakespeare. She was one of the co-editors of the recent Annethology: Poems Re-Presenting Anne Shakespeare. Her work on the epitaph of Anne Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church will be coming out later this year with Cambridge University Press.
    Links to Katherine's latest books, available from any bookshop.
    www.cambridge.org/9781108404068
    https://www.brokensleepbooks.com/product-page/anne-thology
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

PozKr2 ,

A must-listen for theatre history fans

This is one of those marvellous podcasts that finds its niche and then enthuses about it extensively. Philip knows his stuff, and helpfully comes across as a keen student rather than an expert, so we get to follow him on his journey to know more, and we learn more on that journey too. An authoritative must-listen for anyone who wants to know more about the history of theatre.

Shedcaster ,

Fascinating, detailed, even atmospheric!

I've listened to a few episodes now, and they are excellent; the author builds an idea of the environment which gives a sense of the atmosphere, quotes liberally from the plays, and is obviously in love with his subject. I know little about Greek theatre, and am loving learning more. Though seriously, those Greeks need some therapy...anyway, this podcast is excellent, I heartily recommend it

zsofis_design ,

Informative!

As a theatre design student listening to this podcast has helped me massively, it’s like listening to lectures (meant in the best way) while I work on designs.
Puts me in the right creative mindset, I can produce and learn at the same time!
Thanks a lot!

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