Join STC and like-minded fans of the Bard for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg gather online with special guests each week to discuss a new topic and allow audiences the opportunity to ask questions live.
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Week 23, October 28: Shakespeare Hour LIVE! at the National Theatre
In a continuation of the previous episode, Simon and Drew are joined by actors, scholars, and creatives to discuss all things NT: the history of the National Theatre, its relationship to Shakespeare since its inception, its importance to British culture, and perhaps an exciting upcoming production. This episode will be pre-recorded, featuring a live introduction and closing from Drew Lichtenberg.
Guests: Emily Burns (Resident Director at the National Theatre; Associate Director/Editor, Timon of Athens); Dr. Daniel Rosenthal (Author, The National Theatre Story); and Sargon Yelda (NT’s Antony and Cleopatra, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire)
Episode 23 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Maxine Isaacs.
Week 24, November 4: Shakespeare & Musicals
Shakespeare’s works have inspired some of the most iconic works in the musical theater repertory, from The Boys from Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors) to Kiss Me, Kate (The Taming of the Shrew) to West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet), authored by such giants in their own right as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, respectively. In the late 20th and 21st century, Shakespeare’s plays have continued to serve as inspiration, undergirding such “jukebox musicals” as Play On! (Twelfth Night meets Duke Ellington), All Shook Up (Twelfth Night meets Elvis Presley), and These Paper Bullets (Much Ado About Nothing meets Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong). And then there’s The Lion King, with its plot strongly “inspired” by Hamlet. SHL! co-host Drew Lichtenberg is joined by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul and special guests from the world of Broadway for this deep dive into the deep relationship between the Bard and Broadway.
Guests: Ted Chapin (President, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) and Alexander Gemignani (STC: The Boys from Syracuse; Tony Award nominee, Carousel; Broadway: My Fair Lady, Chicago, Les Misérables; Artistic Director, National Music Theater Conference)
Episode 24 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Sara and Stephen Kraskin.
Week 25, November 11: Shakespeare & the Supernatural
In honor of Halloween, this special episode is devoted to examining Shakespeare’s extensive links to the supernatural. From the fairies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the wëird Sisters of Macbeth and the ghostly apparitions staged or described in Richard III, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s plays betray a presiding interest in supernatural occurrences and folkloric superstition. Join us as we discuss Ovidian transformations, Senecan shades, medieval witchery, and more.
Guests: Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers (Dramaturg, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Court Theatre); Dr. Carole Levin (Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; co-founder and president, Queen Elizabeth I Society); and Corey Stoll (Golden Globe Award nominee, House of Cards; Classic Stage Company’s Macbeth; Public Theater’s Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Othello)
Episode 25 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Catherine McClave.
Week 26, November 18: The Winter’s Tale
There is no play of Shakespeare’s more misunderstood than The Winter’s Tale, a work that can seem absurd on the page yet miraculous on the stage. Filled with improbabilities such as a walking bear, the seacoast of Bohemia, and the infamous statue scene, Shakespeare’s penultimate play is also the one that most flouts classical rules of dramatic structure, mixing together tragical, pastoral, and something else entirely. And yet, it is a play beloved by directors and actors around the world, cherished by audience members who have seen special productions of it. As the seasons change in this most unusual of years, this episode examines Shakespeare’s unusual work of pure theatrical poetry. Partially discussed in the Shakespeare Hour’s third ever episode at the beginning of quarantine, SHL! is responding to popular demand by giving The Winter’s Tale its own episode.
Guests: Arin Arbus (Obie Award-winning director; Resident Director, Theatre for a New Audience) and Linda Emond (Three-time Tony Award nominee, Public Theater’s The Winter’s Tale)
Episode 26 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Christopher M. and Andrita J. Andreas.
Week 27, November 25: Shakespeare Hour LIVE!’s Greatest Hits
It’s the week of Thanksgiving and this year, we have been super thankful for Shakespeare Hour LIVE! Join us for this journey down SHL! memory lane featuring some of our brightest stars and biggest moments.
Episode 27 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! is generously sponsored by Marcy Butler and Ryan Compton.
Additional support for Episode 27 of Shakespeare Hour LIVE! provided by Margaret C. Jones.
All Special Guests are subject to change.