Sunday, May 24, 2009

Episode 2: Reading Shakespeare

Many of us thought it would never happen, but the Bardcast has reached the big 2.0! That's right, episode 2 is available for your listening pleasure Here.

  1. Fool, a retelling of King Lear
  2. Funny List of Things Not To Do when performing Shakespeare
  3. Hamlet, Facebook Version
  4. 400 Anniversary of Publication of Shakespeare's Sonnets
  5. Rowan Atkinson Edits Shakespeare
El Dawg was kind enough to send us the final link, you can visit his El Blawg here.


  1. Hey guys! Great podcast. You should definitely talk about Titus Andronicus. I've heard it called the worst Shakespeare play ever, and I think that's bullshit because I love it.

    I also wanted to say that I've seen those "Shakespeare mangas" you guys were talking about. I was working in a gift shop at a local Shakespeare theater and they were selling them. They had Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet. They looked pretty ridiculous to me.

    As far as reading Shakespeare, I know you mentioned No Fear Shakespeare. I recommend the Folger Shakespeare Library editions. They have the lines of the play on one page and definitions of Shakespeare's made-up words and words we no longer use, like you mentioned, on the opposite page. It doesn't go quite as far as No Fear Shakespeare, but it's definitely helpful. They also include explanations of historical and mythological allusions and stuff like that, so they're really helpful without being a direct translation into modern-day English.

    Keep up the good work, your podcast is great!

  2. Thanks a lot for your positive review. It looks like we're going to do The Tempest next, but I think we can do Titus after that.

    I'll definitely check out the Folger edition.

    Thanks again for your comment!