Shakespeare Themes: Late Plays

I half-seriously talk through the late plays: Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, Pericles, and Two Noble Kinsmen, and the themes that recur in them. What kind of world is Shakespeare going for here? This is a general overview, and more detail is forthcoming in later episodes.


Shakespeare’s Themes: Hamlet’s Truth Tests

Why does Hamlet confide in Horatio and not anyone else? Here’s my theory! Also, NYC’ers, here’s the company that performed the production of Hamlet that inspired me to re-examine this particular set of related moments in the play that add up to Hamlet and Horatio’s unique relationship. Take a peek, it’s a company very worth checking out.

Shakespeare Recommends: I Hate Hamlet

Today Cassius profiles Paul Rudnick’s hilarious 1991 send-up of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, the story of a young actor named Andy Rally who has to learn to love the Bard.

Amazon link:

John Barrymore:


Shakespeare’s Top Dads!

Just like the Mother’s Day list, here is the Top Five Shakespearean Dads list. Happy Belated Father’s Day, all, and let’s see if there are any dads in Shakespeare who aren’t downright awful!


Shakespeare Speeches: Cassius

Cassius seduces Brutus into the “kill Caesar” camp by explaining why Caesar is unworthy of power. But there’s a tiny bit of a hiccup in Cassius’ reasoning that reveals something interesting about Cassius’ character. Let’s take a peek!


Shakespeare News: The Hollow Crown Trailer

The Trailer:

The Review:

As promised, here is the review of the trailer for the BBC’s “The Hollow Crown,” the upcoming four movies of “Richard II”, “Henry IV Part I”, “Henry IV Part II”, and “Henry V”, in context with what the trailer says about the sequence itself.


Shakespeare News: Henry IV Part I Clip

In this episode, I examine the clip released from the BBC “The Hollow Crown,” which shows Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) berating Hal (Tom Hiddleston). Somehow a two minute clip bore several more minutes of commentary. Love how that works.

Here is the clip in its entirety:

And here is the trailer, again, in case you haven’t seen the 60 straight-up seconds of awesomeness: