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The Shakespeare Sessions

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The Shakespeare Sessions

The Shakespeare Sessions

BBC Radio 3

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Is he the world’s greatest playwright? Make up your own mind with these original, innovative productions & casts that would sell out the West End in minutes. Lend them your ears.

Latest Episodes

The Two Noble Kinsmen

JAILER'S DAUGHTER ..... Lyndsey Marshal EMILIA ..... Kate Phillips PALAMON ..... Blake Ritson ARCITE ..... Nikesh Patel THESEUS ..... Ray Fearon HIPPOLYTA ..... Emma Fielding JAILER ..... Hugh Ross PIRITHIOUS ..... Daniel Ryan WOOER ..... Oliver Chris QUEEN 1 ..... Susan Salmon QUEEN 2 ..... Sara Markland QUEEN 3/DOCTOR ..... Jane Whittenshaw COUNTRYMAN 1/FRIEND ..... Sam Dale ARTESIUS/COUNTRYMAN 2 ..... Carl Prekopp COUNTRYMAN 3/BROTHER ..... Pip Donaghy Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies Directed by Celia de Wolff A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3 Music composed and performed by Tom Glenister and sung by Emma Mackey and Tom Glenister

112 MIN2019 MAY 23
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

JULIA ..... Lyndsey Marshal SILVIA ..... Kate Phillips PROTEUS ..... Blake Ritson VALENTINE ..... Nikesh Patel SPEED ..... Ray Fearon LUCETTA ..... Emma Fielding DUKE ..... Hugh Ross PANTHINO .....Daniel Ryan THURIO ..... Oliver Chris HOST ..... Sara Markland LAUNCE ..... Sam Dale EGLAMOUR ..... Carl Prekopp ANTONIO ..... Pip Donaghy Written by William Shakespeare Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies Sound design by David Thomas Directed by Celia de Wolff A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3, recorded on location in the Sussex Countryside.

102 MIN2019 MAY 16
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Coriolanus: A tragic hero

A whistle-stop tour through Ancient Rome with writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes.

4 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Coriolanus: A tragic hero

Coriolanus

Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself. Coriolanus, a great martial hero, is banished by those he despises, the common people of Rome. Disaster must surely follow. Coriolanus . . . Trystan Gravelle Volumnia . . . Diana Rigg Menenius . . . James Fleet Cominius . . . Paul Hilton Sicinius . . . Tony Turner Brutus . . . Joel MacCormack Lartius . . . David Hounslow Aufidius . . . Ray Fearon Virgilia . . . Clare Corbett Valeria . . . Susan Jameson Gentlewoman . . . Franchi Webb with Michael Bertenshaw, Kenny Blyth, Joseph Ayre and Christopher Harper Directed by Marc Beeby Originally aired on BBC Radio 3.

147 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Coriolanus

Julius Caesar

The original political thriller that re-imagines Brutus's betrayal of Caesar. Caesar - Tim Pigott-Smith Brutus, - Robert Glenister Cassius - Sam Troughton Mark Antony - Jamie Parker Casca - Philip Fox Portia - Fenella Woolgar Octavius - Wilf Scolding Calpurnia - Jessica Turner Lucius - Adam Thomas Wright Other parts were played by Sam Dale Neet Mohan David Acton Stephen Critchlow David Hounslow Chris Pavlo Mark Edel Hunt Produced by Marc Beeby

129 MIN2018 JUL 30
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Julius Caesar

Exit Burbage

Imagine where we'd be without Shakespeare's plays. It's difficult to contemplate now. But it was thanks to another man that many of them were brought to life. Today, Richard Burbage is a not a household name. But he should be. He's the man for whom many of the great Shakespearean roles were created. One of the founding members of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, playing at the newly built Globe in 1599, he's one of the foundations upon which British theatre was built. Andrew Dickson talks to leading actors, rummages among the archives and dissects some of the greatest parts in acting to discover Burbage's crucial role - and realises that without Richard Burbage, there could be no Shakespeare. Producer: Penny Murphy

44 MIN2018 JUL 23
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Exit Burbage

Shakespeare: For And Against

Playwright Mark Ravenhill challenges our adulation of the Bard and asks: Is Shakespeare's genius beyond question? Casting a sceptical eye over centuries of bardolatry, Ravenhill calls for a new approach to the plays. Exploring the intellectual tradition that has seen important figures from Voltaire to Tolstoy to Wittgenstein challenge Shakespeare's supremacy, Ravenhill searches for today's dissenting voices. Tracing the transformation of a working playwright into a national poet, global brand and secular god, Ravenhill asks if it's still possible to enjoy Shakespeare without being overwhelmed by the cultural and commercial baggage of 'brand Shakespeare'. Meeting Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran, theatre director Phyllida Lloyd and actors Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw, Ravenhill explores what Shakespeare's plays mean to theatre-makers today and asks if Shakespeare is a problem for a contemporary theatre which seeks to give an equal representation of wome...

44 MIN2018 JUL 16
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Shakespeare: For And Against

My Own Shakespeare: Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble

Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble on strength and nature

5 MIN2018 JUL 11
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My Own Shakespeare: Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble

The Winter's Tale

Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in the magical product of the Bard's later years. Treading new dramatic ground The Winter's Tale embraces tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction "exit pursued by a bear". Leontes ..... Danny Sapani Hermione ..... Eve Best Polixenes ..... Shaun Dooley Camillo ..... Karl Johnson Paulina ..... Susan Jameson Shepherd ..... Paul Copley Perdita ..... Faye Castelow Autolycus ..... Tim Van Eyken Florizel ..... Will Howard Mamillius ..... Charlie Brand Archidamus ..... Sean Baker Antigonus ..... Brian Protheroe Clown ..... Sam Rix Emilia ..... Scarlett Brookes Cleomenes ..... Richard Pepple Dion ..... Nick Underwood First Lady ..... Adie Allen Mopsa ..... Nicola Ferguson First Lord ..... James Lailey Mariner ..... Sargon Yelda Officer ..... Ewan Bailey Music composed by Tim Van Eyken, Singer Lisa Knapp Director: David Hunter

150 MIN2018 JUL 9
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The Winter's Tale

My Own Shakespeare: Zoe Wanamaker and Jim Al-Khalili

Zoe Wanamaker on the world of play and Jim Al-Khalili on staying rational.

6 MIN2018 JUL 4
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My Own Shakespeare: Zoe Wanamaker and Jim Al-Khalili

Latest Episodes

The Two Noble Kinsmen

JAILER'S DAUGHTER ..... Lyndsey Marshal EMILIA ..... Kate Phillips PALAMON ..... Blake Ritson ARCITE ..... Nikesh Patel THESEUS ..... Ray Fearon HIPPOLYTA ..... Emma Fielding JAILER ..... Hugh Ross PIRITHIOUS ..... Daniel Ryan WOOER ..... Oliver Chris QUEEN 1 ..... Susan Salmon QUEEN 2 ..... Sara Markland QUEEN 3/DOCTOR ..... Jane Whittenshaw COUNTRYMAN 1/FRIEND ..... Sam Dale ARTESIUS/COUNTRYMAN 2 ..... Carl Prekopp COUNTRYMAN 3/BROTHER ..... Pip Donaghy Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies Directed by Celia de Wolff A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3 Music composed and performed by Tom Glenister and sung by Emma Mackey and Tom Glenister

112 MIN2019 MAY 23
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

JULIA ..... Lyndsey Marshal SILVIA ..... Kate Phillips PROTEUS ..... Blake Ritson VALENTINE ..... Nikesh Patel SPEED ..... Ray Fearon LUCETTA ..... Emma Fielding DUKE ..... Hugh Ross PANTHINO .....Daniel Ryan THURIO ..... Oliver Chris HOST ..... Sara Markland LAUNCE ..... Sam Dale EGLAMOUR ..... Carl Prekopp ANTONIO ..... Pip Donaghy Written by William Shakespeare Adapted for Radio by Sara Davies Sound design by David Thomas Directed by Celia de Wolff A Pier Production for BBC Radio 3, recorded on location in the Sussex Countryside.

102 MIN2019 MAY 16
Comments
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Coriolanus: A tragic hero

A whistle-stop tour through Ancient Rome with writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes.

4 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Coriolanus: A tragic hero

Coriolanus

Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself. Coriolanus, a great martial hero, is banished by those he despises, the common people of Rome. Disaster must surely follow. Coriolanus . . . Trystan Gravelle Volumnia . . . Diana Rigg Menenius . . . James Fleet Cominius . . . Paul Hilton Sicinius . . . Tony Turner Brutus . . . Joel MacCormack Lartius . . . David Hounslow Aufidius . . . Ray Fearon Virgilia . . . Clare Corbett Valeria . . . Susan Jameson Gentlewoman . . . Franchi Webb with Michael Bertenshaw, Kenny Blyth, Joseph Ayre and Christopher Harper Directed by Marc Beeby Originally aired on BBC Radio 3.

147 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Coriolanus

Julius Caesar

The original political thriller that re-imagines Brutus's betrayal of Caesar. Caesar - Tim Pigott-Smith Brutus, - Robert Glenister Cassius - Sam Troughton Mark Antony - Jamie Parker Casca - Philip Fox Portia - Fenella Woolgar Octavius - Wilf Scolding Calpurnia - Jessica Turner Lucius - Adam Thomas Wright Other parts were played by Sam Dale Neet Mohan David Acton Stephen Critchlow David Hounslow Chris Pavlo Mark Edel Hunt Produced by Marc Beeby

129 MIN2018 JUL 30
Comments
Julius Caesar

Exit Burbage

Imagine where we'd be without Shakespeare's plays. It's difficult to contemplate now. But it was thanks to another man that many of them were brought to life. Today, Richard Burbage is a not a household name. But he should be. He's the man for whom many of the great Shakespearean roles were created. One of the founding members of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, playing at the newly built Globe in 1599, he's one of the foundations upon which British theatre was built. Andrew Dickson talks to leading actors, rummages among the archives and dissects some of the greatest parts in acting to discover Burbage's crucial role - and realises that without Richard Burbage, there could be no Shakespeare. Producer: Penny Murphy

44 MIN2018 JUL 23
Comments
Exit Burbage

Shakespeare: For And Against

Playwright Mark Ravenhill challenges our adulation of the Bard and asks: Is Shakespeare's genius beyond question? Casting a sceptical eye over centuries of bardolatry, Ravenhill calls for a new approach to the plays. Exploring the intellectual tradition that has seen important figures from Voltaire to Tolstoy to Wittgenstein challenge Shakespeare's supremacy, Ravenhill searches for today's dissenting voices. Tracing the transformation of a working playwright into a national poet, global brand and secular god, Ravenhill asks if it's still possible to enjoy Shakespeare without being overwhelmed by the cultural and commercial baggage of 'brand Shakespeare'. Meeting Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran, theatre director Phyllida Lloyd and actors Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw, Ravenhill explores what Shakespeare's plays mean to theatre-makers today and asks if Shakespeare is a problem for a contemporary theatre which seeks to give an equal representation of wome...

44 MIN2018 JUL 16
Comments
Shakespeare: For And Against

My Own Shakespeare: Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble

Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble on strength and nature

5 MIN2018 JUL 11
Comments
My Own Shakespeare: Gareth Malone and Margaret Drabble

The Winter's Tale

Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in the magical product of the Bard's later years. Treading new dramatic ground The Winter's Tale embraces tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction "exit pursued by a bear". Leontes ..... Danny Sapani Hermione ..... Eve Best Polixenes ..... Shaun Dooley Camillo ..... Karl Johnson Paulina ..... Susan Jameson Shepherd ..... Paul Copley Perdita ..... Faye Castelow Autolycus ..... Tim Van Eyken Florizel ..... Will Howard Mamillius ..... Charlie Brand Archidamus ..... Sean Baker Antigonus ..... Brian Protheroe Clown ..... Sam Rix Emilia ..... Scarlett Brookes Cleomenes ..... Richard Pepple Dion ..... Nick Underwood First Lady ..... Adie Allen Mopsa ..... Nicola Ferguson First Lord ..... James Lailey Mariner ..... Sargon Yelda Officer ..... Ewan Bailey Music composed by Tim Van Eyken, Singer Lisa Knapp Director: David Hunter

150 MIN2018 JUL 9
Comments
The Winter's Tale

My Own Shakespeare: Zoe Wanamaker and Jim Al-Khalili

Zoe Wanamaker on the world of play and Jim Al-Khalili on staying rational.

6 MIN2018 JUL 4
Comments
My Own Shakespeare: Zoe Wanamaker and Jim Al-Khalili
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