Friday, January 15, 2010

Shakespeare In Fiction

It's been a while, but we finally have a new episode. This one's about Shakespeare as a fictional character. Our next episode will be about Henry IV, Part II.


Tim Curry As Shakespeare
A Youtube video, poor in quality both as a youtube video and as a show. Not for the feint of heart!

Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Collector's Series)
The definitive fictional Shakespeare, and a genuinely good movie

A Mystery of Errors
The first of the Shakespeare and Smythe mystery novels

The Shakespeare Stealer Series
Popular children's series

Ink and Steel: A Novel of the Promethean Age
Fantasy styled Shakespeare adventure.

Ruled Britannia
An Alternate history where Shakespeare writes a play to incite rebellion against the Spanish occupation of England.

If Shakespeare was born 400 years later:
A comic about Shakespeare using the wretched format of Powerpoint to express the ideas in Hamlet.

The Black Adder Remastered
This link goes to the first season of Black Adder, but they're all good.


  1. You know, I just read about a new Shakespeare-in-Fiction book in one of the Sunday Times book reviews.

    It's called The Final Act of Mr. Shakespeare and it is by Robert Winder.

    Apparently, it's about a fictional last play he was writing that had a go at the Tudor royal family. 100 pages of the book are taken up by the text of this fictional play.

    It got a good review as well.

  2. Sounds pretty good, I'll make sure to mention it on the podcast.

  3. Hey guys,

    just listened to this episode, and thought of an idea a bit along the lines of it:
    In some Shakespeare plays there is the classical 'play within a play': in Hamlet and in the Midsummer Nights Dream, f.ex.

    There are several modern films and series which have the same thing, but with a Shakespeare play as the 'play within the play'. Apart from the obvious Romeo and Juliet in 'Shakespeare in love', I can think of two others: The series Slings and arrows (which you mentioned somewhere, I believe) and Al Pacino's 'looking for Richard'. I guess there must be many more of those: might be a nice topic to spend some time on.

    And another thing: Have you seen Ian McKellens "Acting Shakespeare"? It's a one man show by my favorite Shakespeare actor where he plays many different parts from the plays and some of the best speeches. Shakespeare fans like you are, you really need to see this one: It's amazing to see how many different people McKellen can play almost without using any props. Great stuff!

    Finally: do you know the Shakespeare courses by Peter Saccio from the teaching company? I find them both very insightful and entertaining. You might like them, too.

    Thanks for the shows: I really do enjoy them.

    the Netherlands