Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.
Travelling Libraries with Michael Brennan
Today, we are delighted to welcome one of the curators at the Brotherton Library, Dr. Michael Brennan, as an expert in travel and travel books of Shakespeare’s lifetime to tell us about the history and purpose of the travelling library from their exhibit.
Tudor Shoes with Juraj Matejik
Sandals, boots, spurs, and cobbled shoes are all mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, found in works like Alls Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, and even Hamlet. This week’s guest is intimately familiar with what is involved in making 15-16th century shoes because that’s exactly what he creates in his shop, NP Historical Shoes. We are delighted to welcome artisan and historical shoemaker, Juraj Matejik to the show this week to help us explore what kind of footwear Shakespeare might have had on his feet.
Shakespeare's Toilet Paper with Tiffany Stern
There may not have been indoor plumbing in Shakespeare’s lifetime, but going to the bathroom still involved cleaning up. Our guest this week, Tiffany Stern, is here to share with us her research into the alternatives to paper that were often used as toilet tissue for early modern London.
Shorthand with Kelly McCay
Notes and letters from philosophers and travellers in the late 16th and early 17th centuries remark that the fascination and mastery of shorthand was a skill seen internationally as uniquely English. Here today to help us explore the evolution of charactery from new fangled idea to valuable career over the course of Shakespeare’s lifetime is our guest and author of ““All the World Writes Short Hand” , Kelly McCay.
Leicester's Men with Laurie Johnson
Here today to tell us the story of Leicester’s Men and the groundwork they built for future playwrights like William Shakespeare is our guest, Laurie Johnson.
The King's Men with Lucy Munro
In 1603, as King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England following the death of Elizabeth I, one of the people James’ tapped to walk in his coronation parade was William Shakespeare, along with the entire Lord Chamberlain’s Men company who received the official patronage of James I to become the King’s Men. Our guest this week, Lucy Munro, is here to explore the King’s Men and what the shift from Elizabethan into Jacobean England brought about for Shakespeare.
I LOVE this podcast. It has helped me understand Shakespeare in a way I simply could not access before.
Truly great podcast
Cassidy Cash has an encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare and asks incisive questions to her excellent guests. Every episode reveals a new, often unexpected angle of Elizabethan and Jacobean life.
Sir Stanley Wells & Shakespeare’s Sonnets
This program was fantastic. The book is the best way to the sonnets. Erudite, very readable & thought provoking.
Ms Cash’s podcast was wonderful. Probing, thoughtful questions & follow ups. Sir Stanley was able to answer & illuminate. Thanks for this podcast. 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻