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The Shakespeare Sessions

Your one-stop shop for all things Shakespeare. Catch A-List casts in brand new versions of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, plus documentaries from the brightest minds.

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Who is Falstaff?

Apr 26 • 02:15

Full Length Play: Henry IV Part 1

Apr 26 • 01:57:59
Rebellion is brewing in Britain.

King Henry must reunite his country but how when even his own family is divided?

As Henry's rule is threatened his son Hal appears unconcerned, wasting his time in the company of the comically corrupt Falstaff and common thieves, apparently more interested in play than the politics of state. Yet what kind of leadership is needed to unite the ...

Full Length Play: Othello

Apr 21 • 02:01:48
Khalid Abdalla, Matthew Needham and Cassie Layton star in Shakespeare's tragedy. This version is staged in an imagined near future, in which a power-hungry Turkish president attempts an attack on Cyprus. The western forces rush to Cyprus' defence, under the command of the fearless General Othello. But can an Arab-born, Christian convert ever be truly accepted by the people...

Othello: What it means to be a Moor

Apr 21 • 04:07

Full Length Play: The Two Noble Kinsmen

May 23 • 01:52:32
The Two Noble Kinsmen is one of Shakespeare's least-performed plays, and widely considered to be his last. Generally accepted to be co-written with John Fletcher, this Jacobean tragicomedy has its roots in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale.

This audio version shares the same cast with The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare's first play) which you can listen to in the Shakespea...

Full Length Play: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

May 16 • 01:42:06
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and is paired next week with a production of The Two Noble Kinsmen which was his last play and widely considered to have been written with the up and coming writer John Fletcher. Director Celia De Wolff was keen to present the two plays together as they share common themes of men and women ...

Coriolanus: A tragic hero

May 9 • 04:01

Full Length Play: Coriolanus

May 9 • 02:27:12
Shakespeare's penetrating portrayal of political turmoil in a society at war with itself.

The Plot
There's widespread famine in Rome, which is causing tension between the common people and the patricians (the aristocrats). The people particularly hate Caius Martius, the arrogant son of Volumnia, and the feeling is mutual. The citizens think the patricians are hoarding corn ...

Full Length Play: Julius Caesar

Jul 30 • 02:09:32
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...

Exit Burbage

Jul 23 • 44:31
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 ...

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