53 episodes

Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

The Play Podcast Douglas Schatz

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Welcome to The Play Podcast where we explore the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.

    Closer by Patrick Marber

    Closer by Patrick Marber

    The Play Podcast - 051 - Closer by Patrick Marber
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Clare Lizzimore
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Patrick Marber’s play Closer depicts a merry-go-round of metropolitan relationships powered by sex and betrayal. Its clever and candid dissection of the destructive power of sexual desire hit a contemporary nerve when it premiered in 1997.
    Clare Lizzimore, director of a new production at the Lyric Hammersmith, joins me to explore how the play’s unflinching sexual politics has aged twenty-five years later.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

    Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

    The Play Podcast - 050 - Jersualem by Jez Butterworth
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: David Ian Rabey
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Jez Butterworth’s play Jersualem is one of the landmark plays of the 21st century, acclaimed for both its lyrical and elusive text exploring English identity, and for its electrifying theatrical production. The once-in-a lifetime performance is happily being repeated with the current West End revival, and it seems fitting that our 50th episode be devoted to this remarkable play. I’m joined by David Ian Rabey, Emeritus Professor at Aberystwith University and author of The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth.

    • 56 min
    Jitney by August Wilson

    Jitney by August Wilson

    The Play Podcast - 049 - Jitney by August Wilson
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guests: Wil Johnson and Tony Marshall
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Although August Wilson’s play Jitney is set in the office of an unlicensed taxi company in Pittsburgh in 1977, its themes, and the relationships and hopes and dreams of its characters are universal. The play is part of Wilson's reknowned ten play series known as the Pittsburgh Cycle, which charts the black American experience through each decade of the twentieth century.
    I’m joined in this episode by the actors Wil Johnson and Tony Marshall, who are currently starring in the Old Vic’s vibrant new production of the play.

    • 51 min
    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

    Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

    The Play Podcast - 048 - Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Lucy Bailey
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is rightly renowned for the “merry war” of wits between the reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick, but alongside their brilliant partnership, there is also a darker story of misogyny and betrayal that gives the play a more complex and challenging character.
    Lucy Bailey, director of the joyous production currently running at the Globe Theatre in London joins me to review this romantic rollercoaster.

    • 58 min
    Middle by David Eldridge

    Middle by David Eldridge

    The Play Podcast - 047 - Middle by David Eldridge
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: David Eldridge
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    David Eldridge’s new play Middle, now playing at the National Theatre, follows on from his 2017 play Beginning. It is the second in what will be a “triptych for the theatre”, capturing epochal moments in couples’ relationships. I’m delighted to welcome David back to talk about the important dramatic trilogy he is building.

    • 55 min
    All My Sons by Arthur Miller

    All My Sons by Arthur Miller

    The Play Podcast - 046 - All My Sons by Arthur Miller
    Host: Douglas Schatz
    Guest: Douglas Rintoul
    The Play Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring the greatest new and classic plays. In each episode we choose a single play to talk about in depth with our expert guest. We discuss the play’s origins, its themes, characters, structure and impact. For us the play is the thing.
    Arthur Miller’s breakthrough play All My Sons is both a searing family tragedy and an exploration of the moral challenges that Miller believed were inherent in the American Dream. Douglas Rintoul, who has recently directed a wonderful production at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch, joins me to share his insights of this devastatingly powerful play.

    • 58 min

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Il Posto G5 ,

Excellent accessible podcast

Brilliant podcasts entertainingly presented that gradually build your knowledge understanding and appreciation of plays and the theatre.

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Excellent Podcast

An intelligent and absorbing hour.

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