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Brought to you by The Close Reads Podcast Network, The Play's the Thing is the ultimate 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, 148 Ratings

Brought to you by The Close Reads Podcast Network, The Play's the Thing is the ultimate 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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    Coriolanus: Act V

    Coriolanus: Act V

    Tim and Sarah-Jane are back as they discuss the final scenes of this great Shakespearean tragedy. Topics of conversation include the desperate measures we see from the Roman government, questions of citizenship and leadership that the play raises, the motivating influences within Coriolanus as the play comes to a head, and much, much more.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Coriolanus: Act IV

    Coriolanus: Act IV

    In this episode Tim and Sarah-Jane discuss Act IV of Coriolanus, focusing in particular on some ancient Roman history (especially the Roman Republic), the complexity of the plot in this act, and much more. Get ready to dig deep! Oh, and please do rate and review if you like the show.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Coriolanus: Act III

    Coriolanus: Act III

    In this episode Tim and Sarah-Jane dive deeper into Shakespeare's underrated tragedy by comparing some of the great performances of the play, exploring Coriolanus' use of language, Volumnia's use of rhetoric, and much more.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Coriolanus: Act II

    Coriolanus: Act II

    Join Tim McIntosh and Sarah-Jane Bentley for a spirited discussion about one of Shakespeare's underrated (but most interesting) plays, Coriolanus. In this episode they chat about Act II, focusing on Coriolanus' mother, Volumnia; what the play has to say about leadership; some of the key symbols we find in the play; and much more!
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    • 54 min
    Coriolanus: Act I

    Coriolanus: Act I

    Join Tim McIntosh and Sarah-Jane Bentley for a spirited discussion about one of Shakespeare's underrated (but most interesting) plays, Coriolanus. In this episode they chat about Act I, introducing the play, the characters, the themes, and much more. They also discuss how Coriolanus is almost an anti-type to a play like As You Like It.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    As You Like It: Bonus Episode

    As You Like It: Bonus Episode

    In this bonus episode, Tim chats with four first-time student-actors about their experience performing scenes from As You Like It and other Shakespeare plays.
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Becca_Lois ,

An English Teacher’s Dream!

This podcast is wonderful! I teach high school English at a classical school, and used this podcast to help me prepare for teaching Othello. The podcast is essentially a leisurely yet well-informed conversation about Shakespeare’s plays. It made the complexity and themes of the play very accessible, with some tips for introducing it to students thrown in there as well. It was immensely helpful and interesting to listen to. Thank you for this podcast!

Shelley W. ,

A gift for any teacher of literature!

I would not want to teach Shakespeare without this podcast. It has brought me so much insight, and enhanced our classroom discussions tremendously. Thank you!

mbodk ,

Wonderful podcast

As a lover of Shakespeare, I am pleased to recommend this podcast. They have such close, personal, thoughtful perspectives on these great plays. I first listened to and loved their episodes on Macbeth, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. And they analyzed that play so well.

The same with King Lear, another masterpiece, which was given several great episodes.

Every Shakespeare lover should listen to this podcast.

I’m looking forward to them do Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, and the other great plays soon.

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