43 episodes

Shakespeare Anyone? is co-hosted by Elyse Sharp and Korey Leigh Smith, two professional actors and hobbyist Shakespeare scholars. Join us as we explore Shakepeare’s plays through as many lenses as we can by looking at the text and how the text is viewed through modern lenses of feminism, racism, classism, colonialism, nationalism… all the-isms.

We will discuss how his plays shaped both the past and present, and look at how his work was performed throughout various periods of time–all while trying our best to approach his works without giving in to bardolatry.

We examine one play at a time for an extended window of time, interspersed with mini-episodes about Shakespeare’s time for context. Episodes are released every other week.

Shakespeare Anyone‪?‬ Korey Leigh Smith & Elyse Sharp

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Shakespeare Anyone? is co-hosted by Elyse Sharp and Korey Leigh Smith, two professional actors and hobbyist Shakespeare scholars. Join us as we explore Shakepeare’s plays through as many lenses as we can by looking at the text and how the text is viewed through modern lenses of feminism, racism, classism, colonialism, nationalism… all the-isms.

We will discuss how his plays shaped both the past and present, and look at how his work was performed throughout various periods of time–all while trying our best to approach his works without giving in to bardolatry.

We examine one play at a time for an extended window of time, interspersed with mini-episodes about Shakespeare’s time for context. Episodes are released every other week.

    Shakespeare Anyone? Trailer

    Shakespeare Anyone? Trailer

    Introducing Shakespeare Anyone?
    A podcast by two Shakespeare nerds...minus the bardolatry. 
    Coming in 2021. 
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Follow us on Instagram at @shakespeareanyonepod for updates or visit our website at shakespeareanyone.com

    • 53 sec
    Stuff You Should Know Part 1: The Monarchy & British Renaissance

    Stuff You Should Know Part 1: The Monarchy & British Renaissance

    This is Part I of our intro series “Stuff You Should Know,” which will cover some background and context into the life and times of Shakespeare, because art is influenced by the world around it, you know?
    In this episode, we’ll be covering some basic information about the Monarchy and British Renaissance.
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
    Works Referenced:
    Cooper, Dr. Tanya. “Elizabeth I and Her People”. National Portrait Gallery, The Weiss Gallery, 7 Oct. 2013. Accessed 8 Sept. 2020, from www.npg.org.uk/whatson/elizabethi/film
    Elizabethans - Religious Settlement. (2018, September 23). Accessed 24 Sept. 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylP6oZgSeuI
    Fox, Dr. James, creator and writer. A Very British Renaissance, Episode 1: The Renaissance Arrives. A BBC Arts Production, 2014. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtc1cY3ZDTs
    Fox, Dr. James, creator and writer. A Very British Renaissance, Episode 2: The Elizabethan Code. A BBC Arts Production, 2014. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCCjOck6cd4
    Fox, Dr. James, creator and writer. A Very British Renaissance, Episode 3: Whose Renaissance?. A BBC Arts Production, 2014. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yzflc/episodes/guide

    William, Professor Kate, presentor. The Stuarts - A Bloody Reign, Episode 101: King James I. Timeline, A 3DD Production in association with Yesterday imagined by UKTV, 31 July 2018. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zfgxzk3UtY

    • 16 min
    Stuff You Should Know Pt 2: Elizabethan England & Theatre

    Stuff You Should Know Pt 2: Elizabethan England & Theatre

    This is Part II of our intro series “Stuff You Should Know,” which will cover some background and context into the life and times of Shakespeare, because art is influenced by the world around it, you know?
    In this episode, we’ll be covering some basic information about the Elizabethan era and the Elizabethan theatre.
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Works Referenced:
    Brown, John Russell, and Peter Thomson, editor and author. “Chapter 6 English Renaissance and Restoration Theatre.” The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, pp. 173 - 200. Oxford University Press, 2001
    Sherry, Joyce. “Elizabethan Theatre.” YouTube, 4 Jan. 2014, Accessed 6 Sept. 2020, from www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_cTCdkCAcc

    • 18 min
    Stuff You Should Know Part 3: William Shakespeare, the Person

    Stuff You Should Know Part 3: William Shakespeare, the Person

    This is Part III of our intro series “Stuff You Should Know,” which will cover some background and context into the life and times of Shakespeare, because art is influenced by the world around it, you know?
    In this episode, we’ll be covering some basic information about the life of William Shakespeare.
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Works Referenced:
    Dale, Liam, director. William Shakespeare: the Life and Times. 1091 Pictures, Cobra Entertainment, 3 Apr. 2017. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from www.youtube.com/watch?v=qafnuBH8KPs
    Mcarafano. (2020, February 25). Shakespeare's Life. Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.folger.edu/shakespeares-life
    William Shakespeare Biography. (n.d.). Accessed 16 Sept. 2020, from https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/william-shakespeare/william-shakespeare-biography/

    • 16 min
    Macbeth: Synopsis

    Macbeth: Synopsis

    Before diving into our discussions surrounding Macbeth, we wanted to give a synopsis of the events of the play as they are written for anyone who hasn't read the play at all, in a while, or found it confusing to try and read on their own. 
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Works Referenced:
    Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Arden Shakespeare, 2015.

    • 46 min
    Macbeth: Stuff to Chew On

    Macbeth: Stuff to Chew On

    There's so much to talk about with each play that doesn't fit into the synopsis or into its own episode, so we've decided to cover several topics in this episode. In this episode, we discuss major thematic elements in Shakespeare's Macbeth as well as topics that are usually covered or talked about in reference to this play. 
    Shakespeare Anyone? is created, written, produced, and hosted by Korey Leigh Smith and Elyse Sharp.
    Our theme music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
    Additional sound effects from https://www.zapsplat.com
    Works Referenced:
    Lemon, Rebecca. “Scaffolds of Treason in ‘Macbeth.’” Theatre Journal, vol. 54, no. 1, 2002, pp. 25–43. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25069019. Accessed 21 Dec. 2020.
    LiteraryDevices Editors. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020, from “Themes in Macbeth with Examples and Analysis” https://literarydevices.net/macbeth-themes/
    “Macbeth - Themes.” BBC Bitesize, BBC, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020, from www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zgv7hyc/revision/1
    Marchitello, Howard. “Speed and the Problem of Real Time in ‘Macbeth.’” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 64, no. 4, 2013, pp. 425–448., www.jstor.org/stable/24778493. Accessed 21 Dec. 2020.
    Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Arden Shakespeare, 2015.
    SparkNotes Editors. (2005). “SparkNotes: Macbeth.” SparkNotes.com, SparkNotes LLC, 2005. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020, from https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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LOVE THIS PODCAST!!!

Several full episodes are dedicated as a kind of block to discussion of each play, along with interspersed mini-episodes that provide background and context to many plays or Shakespeare's times/work/millieu. Elyse and Korey pull off an impressive balancing act of constructing substantive, educated discussions while maintaining a great flow and keeping things entertaining. I love that they each bring in their own research and reading to discuss with each other, as well as the occasional guest speaker. I'm totally hooked and I planning my own quest to read all of Shakespeare's plays around this podcast's production schedule.

Spiderwoman25 ,

True gem!

This is my favorite new podcast! The topic, while ages old, is fresh and new as these two hosts and thespians, entertain, engage, and educate you about all things Shakespeare. Be prepared to be so drawn into the stories and the events that surround them, you’ll find yourself transported in time.

steepanee ,

Put this in your ear holes right now

If you’re even remotely interested in Shakespeare and his work, but are intimidated by just how MUCH material there is to go through, wow this is the podcast for you! These ladies will breakdown all the different facets of Shakespeare’s famous plays and leave you feeling smart without actually doing the effort of research! Soooo easy.

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