Episode 002 – A Brief History of Theatre


“She sat like Patience on a monument,

smiling at grief.” — Viola, ‘Twelfth Night’


Episode 2 is live! Before we kick off the festivities, a quick trip through the backstory of Western theatre, and a look at some of the early playwrights of the Elizabethan era, including Kit Marlowe. Check out the episode on iTunes or at Libsyn.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or by email at podcastshakespeare@gmail.com. The website for the podcast is https://podcastshakespeare.com/. On the website, you can find an evolving bibliography.


Links mentioned:

Aristotle, Poetics

Kevin Costner, The Postman

The playwright Hrosvitha

Shakespeare’s Way – signposted walk from Stratford-upon-Avon to London

Stephen Greenblatt on the “controversial” 2017 Julius Caesar at New York’s Public Theatre (The Guardian)



Sergei Prokofiev, “Montagues and Capulets”, from Romeo and Juliet (ballet), 1935

Leonard Bernstein, Intro from West Side Story, 1957

Luciano Michelini, ‘Frolic’, from Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2000 – present

Niamh Cusack as Viola, Twelfth Night Act II scene iv

William Walton, Hamlet: A Shakespeare Scenario, 1947

Thomas Adès, The Tempest (after William Shakespeare), Act II scene iv, 2004

Henry Purcell, “Ritornelle” from Dido and Aeneas, Act II, 1689

Giuseppe Verdi, Act I finale from Otello, 1887


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