Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Coriolanus is a guy whose name ends with the word "anus". There's nothing we can do about that.

If you want to hear about the play, you can listen Here!

Some articles on Coriolanus:

Revisting Shakespeare's Coriolanus: New York Times

T.S. Eliot on Shakespeare

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Hollow Crown

It's no wonder everyone suggested we watch Hollow Crown, it's an excellent production. We talk about it Here!

The Globe Player is a great source of performances at the Globe Theater. Check it out!
Indian version of Hamlet on NYTimes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Richard III

Our episode on Richard III is more rushed than a usual episode because the play is extremely long. I'd like to come back to it to explore some of the interesting details we skipped. If anyone would like to hear that kind of episode, let us know!

Monday, July 28, 2014

BookClub 2

To celebrate our third season, we thought we'd make an episode no one was asking for: another book club!

The books we talk about:
The Science of Shakespeare by Dan Falk
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
The Book of William by Paul Collins
To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North
The Horatio Hornblower series by CS Forester
The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

In future episodes we're going to debate the subject, "is Othello about race?" and talking about how to stage Hamlet. Please let us know what you think at 

Leave the subject name "Othello" or "Hamlet" in the email.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hamlet Act V

This is our 50th episode! The next episode is the beginning of season three, with our second Book Club episode.

Hamlet Act V is an odd one, like the rest of Hamlet.

Please vote on what you want the next episode to be!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hamlet at the Guthrie

We went to see Hamlet at the Guthrie! Then we made a podcast about what we thought.

We also talk about the Patreon campaign to support the podcast.

This does not count as an "episode" in terms of Patreon. Just a little bonus! Our next episode is Hamlet Act V, which is also our 50th episode! That will make it the end of season 2 of the podcast, how exciting!

After Hamlet, we'll have a vote on what play to do next. We're considering Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, Richard the Third, and Henry the Sixth, Part One. If there's something else you'd like to do first, please let us know what you think!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hamlet Act IV

We talk about Hamlet, Act IV. People start dying. I think we're going to do an episode about Polonius Laertes and Ophelia later. Especially considering whether they are necessary to the play.

New websites!


Patreon guide:
Patreon is a service where people can give money to content creators when they produce something. In this case, people can give money to us when we produce podcast episodes. The money goes to defray the expense of producing and hosting the podcast.

You can set limits on the amount of money you can donate. We only produce an episode once a month, so setting a limit of once a month for donations is good. If you only want to donate for a particular amount of time, you can limit the total number of donations as well.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Our choice of the theme for This Episode was not a coincidence: We're starting a Patreon campaign, so Patronage in Shakespeare's time seemed appropriate.

The Patreon page can be found HERE. You can set an automatic donation to the podcast with the release of each new episode. Thanks for everyone's past and future support!

Good Tickle Brain Shakespeare Comics.

The Life of Shakespeare: Copied From the Best Sources, Without Comment Great source of Shakespearean Primary Documents.

Shakespeare as a Groom of the Chamber A good example of Shakespearean research and writing.

Our Tumblr

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hamlet Act III

Act III is really good. In fact, we skimmed over it a bit too fast, and I think we're going to have to have an episode about the monologues at some point. The monologues are so important, and have so much content, they certainly justify it.

For more info about how the audience sat on chairs on the stage in Shakespeare's time (and other details about the audience and the stage):

Choice Conversations interviewed us:

I asked the director of Hamlet: The Series for a more detailed description of the project, and here it is:

"Hamlet: The Series is an adaptation of the play into a six-episode web series in the original language, but with modern dress and an abstract modern setting.

-Episodes are divided so that each takes place over about a one-day period, so that the audience can feel how each scene connects to the next. The amount of time between episodes however is left uncertain, as in the play itself.

-The early and late episodes follow the Quarto act breaks, but the middle ones do not, because the breaks didn't match up to where I felt the days began & ended.

-Several roles have been switched male-to-female, both to give it a more modern feel and to point out how some of the themes still play in the modern world.
The main website is There's also a Hamlet: The Series group on Facebook that people can "Like". It will be available free on Youtube, for rental or digital purchase on Amazon Instant Video, and for DVD-purchase on Amazon.  Episodes 1 - 3 should be available by about the time your Podcast goes live, the last three sometime in the Spring of this year."