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The Play's the Thing is the ultimate podcast resource for lovers of Shakespeare. Dedicating six episodes to each play (one per act, plus a Q&A episode), this podcast explores the themes, scenes, characters, and lines that make Shakespeare so memorable. In the end, we will cover every play The Bard wrote, thus permitting an ongoing contemplation and celebration of the most important writer of all time. Join us.
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    • 4.9 • 199 Ratings

The Play's the Thing is the ultimate podcast resource for lovers of Shakespeare. Dedicating six episodes to each play (one per act, plus a Q&A episode), this podcast explores the themes, scenes, characters, and lines that make Shakespeare so memorable. In the end, we will cover every play The Bard wrote, thus permitting an ongoing contemplation and celebration of the most important writer of all time. Join us.
The Play’s the Thing is presented by The CiRCE Podcast Network.

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    The Taming of the Shrew: Act I

    The Taming of the Shrew: Act I

    The Taming of the Shrew is a bit of a controversial play and here in this conversation about act one, Tim and his very special guests delve into the questions that that controversy comes from.
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    • 54 min
    Hamlet: Act V

    Hamlet: Act V

    Join Tim, Heidi, and Andrew as they discuss the concluding act to Shakespeare's masterpiece, an act in which we get the famous graveyard scene and the stage littered with bodies.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Hamlet: Act IV

    Hamlet: Act IV

    Join Tim, Heidi, and Andrew as they dig into the crucial fourth act of Hamlet. They discuss Laertes coming the fore, Ophelia's tragic demise, Claudius devious behavior, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hamlet: Act III

    Hamlet: Act III

    Join Tim, Heidi, and Andrew as they dive into the crucial, famous third act of Hamlet. In this episode they discuss the "to be or not to be" speech, Claudius' prayer, and Polonius death.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Hamlet: Act II

    Hamlet: Act II

    Join Tim, Heidi, and Andrew as they dive into the drama of Hamlet, Act II! They discuss the way everyone is watching everyone else in this act, Pelonius as parent, the appearance of Rosencrans and Guildenstern, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Family's First Shakespeare

    Family's First Shakespeare

    On this special episode, Tim's brother, sister, and mom join him to remember their first encounter with Shakespeare.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

AndyJamesBoyd ,

Informative

Informative deep dives into Shakespeare’s plays. I would highly recommend for students, teachers, and actors.

Laurasis ,

Keep it up! Wish there was more!

I love this podcast! I just wish there was a more consistent episode release schedule. I also would like the performances they reference listed In show notes. I especially enjoy Tim’s contribution as someone experienced in theatre. The clips of performances are helpful as well.

I love chocolate ice cream ,

Informative and enjoyable

Great podcast with engaging speakers. I appreciate the background information and their insights as I prepare to teach the plays to my students.

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