Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.
Executioners with DJ Guba
The word “executioner” comes up in Shakespeare’s plays 17 times, twice referred to as a “common” executioner, twice mentioned in context of characters expressing their distaste for the profession, and a few times mentioned in the stage directions as a character appearing on stage. But what was an executioner for real in the 16th century? Here to help us explore the profession of official executioner in early modern England is our guest, DJ Guba.
Ep 143: 1604 Witch Trial with Todd Butler
In 1604, Anne Gunter became sick with an illness that confounded physicians. They concluded her illness must be the result of supernatural influence, and a trial ensued to try and find the suspected witchcraft. Our guest this week tested this theory when he, along with his students, re-created the trial of Anne Gunter. We are delighted to welcome Todd Butler to the show this week to tell us about the trial of Anne Gunter and the results of his experiment.
Scanning Shakespeare's Grave with Kevin Colls
A team of archaeologists from Staffordshire University applied a combination of radar technology and digital scans to take a look inside the grave of William Shakespeare, which was turned into a major documentary project for Channel 4 called Shakespeare’s Tomb. Our guest this week, Kevin Colls, was the lead archaeologist on that project, and he’s here to share with us what lies beneath the stones of Shakespeare’s final resting place.
Newington Butts with Laurie Johnson
For centuries, theater historians have glossed over the very existence of a theater at Newington Butts. To share with us ground breaking research that changes what we thought we knew about early modern theater, and research that is tantalizingly close to information about Shakespeare’s Lost Years, is our distinguished guest, Laurie Johnson.
John Shakespeare with Bob Bearman
To help us understand John Shakespeare better and explore the records we have of his life and how he came to be the father of the world’s greatest playwright, we welcome our guest, Bob Bearman, to tell us John’s story.
Christmas at Gray's Inn with Joe Stephenson
One particular Christmas of 1594, at Gray's Inn, Shakespeare staged a performance of Comedy of Errors so riotous, audience members called it the Night of Errors. Here to help us explore the wild and out of order nature of Shakespeare’s 1594 performance is our guest Dr Joe Stephenson.
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