Explaining Shakespeare one podcast at a time

A podcast about Shakespeare performances in Boston.

Episode 4.5 - Winter Holiday

Hey folks, no new episode this week, but there will be a new episode next week about Actors' Shakespeare Project's The Tempest which is up right now through January 8th. You can get tickets at

Don't forget you can also see the Bollywood Midsummer's Night Dream online until March here:

Also, last episode I forgot to include the supercut of Riker getting into a chair, so here it is (also added to the previous entry):

Episode 3 - Two Midsummer Nights' Dreams

If you want to watch the Globe's Bollywood Midsummer, you can do so on the Shakespeare Lives website

The trailer for the Theatre for a New Audience Midsummer is on Vimeo.

Here's the article I mention, which you can read for free online: Hendricks, Margo. “‘Obscured by Dreams’: Race, Empire, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Shakespeare Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 1, 1996, pp. 37–60.

Episode 2 - Hamlet staring Benedict Cumberbatch

See Fathom Events and ArtsEmerson for tickets to the encore broadcast of National Theatre Live's Hamlet. 

Theatre@First: Love's Labour's Space

RSC's King Lear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Actors' Shakespeare Project: The Tempest

Edwin Booth's medialion

Edwin Booth's medialion

From the exhibit label: "In the play, Hamlet refers to a portrait of his father, whose murder precipitates the story. Booth followed the tradition of wearing the portrait as a miniature on a chain. inside his locket is a photograph of his own father, English actor Junius Brutus Booth, in street clothes." I accidentally referred to Edwin Booth's father as "Julius" in the episode.

Episode 1 - Hamlet - Actors' Shakespeare Project

This first episode is about Actors' Shakespeare Project's production of Hamlet. It's showing at the Church of the Covenant in Boston until November 6th. Tickets are selling out fast, more info here:

Hamlet staring Benedict Cumberbatch at ArtsEmerson and Fathom Events.

Femina Shakespeare's Hamlet

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