Bardcast: The Shakespeare Podcast



A scattershot podcast about William Shakespeare and his works.


  • "Anonymous"


    Anonymous has come and gone, so now is probably the best time to release a belated counterpoint podcastTo sum up, it's bad writing and bad history.The next episode is Antony and Cleopatra, vote for what you want to see after that!EDIT/CORRECTION:Our next episode is going to be about Julius Caesar, partially because it's before A&C, but mostly because it's going to be playing later this month, and we want fresh memories.

  • Much Ado About Nothing


    Much Ado About Nothing is a good play, with many good turns of phrase by Shakespeare. So many, in fact, that I forgot some of my favorites! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?Benedick, Act II, Scene III (Referring to the way that musical instruments can cause transcendent emotions)For there was never yet philosopher, that could endure the tooth-ache patiently. Leonato, Act V, Scene IWe don't know what the next episode will be about, cast your vote in the comments, or in the donation link!If you do make a donation, is it possible to leave a message? If not feel free to send your request/comment to Shakespearepodcast at

  • What Is Hamlet


    Hamlet is a cool play, and a cool guy. We did an episode about the play. Don't worry, this is just an overview, we're going to dig in much deeper with later episodes.Here's a sample from the "Bad Quarto", "Good Quarto", and the First Folio

  • Ben Jonson


    A new month, and a new episode of BardCast! This one is about Ben Jonson, he was a pretty cool guy, if rather stuck-up. Please respond to our newest poll, while you're here!This is one of the better sources of Jonson's works. Things I forgot to mention this episode:Ben Jonson was probably a bricklayer before he became a professional writer. It's not for sure, but it's the most likely job. Ben Jonson once got in trouble for writing a semi-treasonous play, and he learned from that never to write against the monarchy.To Celia,Drink to me only with thine eyesAnd I will pledge with mine. Or leave a kiss but in the cupAnd I'll not look for wine.The thirst that from the soul doth riseDoth ask a drink divine;But might I of Jove's nectar sup,I would not change for thine.I sent thee late a rosy wreath,Not so much hon'ring thee As giving it a hope that thereIt could not withered be;But thou thereon did'st only breathe,And sent'st it back to me,Since when it grows and smells, I swearNot of itself, but thee.(Thanks,

  • Bonus BardCast: Best/Worst Tragedies


    In this episode we name our favorite and least favorite Tragedies, and talk about how the podcast is going.Check out this funny webcomic on King Lear. She also has one on Macbeth. Kurt Vonnegut's rules for writing. If everyone read these, stories would be much better.Like we say in the episode, this episode is more casual, let us know what you think, and vote for your own favorite Tragedy!

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