Shakespeare’s Restless World
By BBC Radio 4
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British Museum Director Neil MacGregor presents Shakespeare's Restless World. The 20-part series looks at the world through the eyes of Shakespeare's audience by exploring objects from that turbulent period.
||R4Shakespeare: Shakespeare Goes Global||From a theatre on the banks of the Thames, Shakespeare's words have gone global. In the final programme, Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, studies a volume of the Complete Works of Shakespeare that consoled the inmates of Robben Island,...||5/11/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: The Theatres of Cruelty||Shakespeare’s audience would have been familiar with the brutalities of torture. Traitors were hanged, cut down while still alive and their bodies hacked to pieces in front of blood-spattered crowds. The relic of an eye, encased in silver, was created..||5/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: London Becomes Rome||King James I's coronation transported Londoners to another world. The deprivations waged by the plauge were temporarily forgotten. Across the City of London, seven towering triumphal arches stood 90 feet above the peering crowds. These elaborate...||5/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Plague and the Playhouse||Plague was a deadly threat for England and an almighty challenge for James I. In 1603, a fresh epidemic swept through London forcing the theatres to close for almost a year. Join Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, as he surveys a plague...||5/8/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: A Time of Change, A Change of Time||Perceptions of time were starting to shift in Shakespeare's day. To illustrate this, Neil MacGregor explores the workings of a chiming clock made in Blackfriars in 1598. There are over 80 references to clocks in his plays, making it clear to us that...||5/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: The Flag That Failed||A symbolic act of union proved a lot harder than it looked. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the problems of creating a flag that expressed the union of a Great Britain....||5/4/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Disguise and Deception||Deception and religion, cross-dressing and travelling salesmen are all unpacked via a pedlar's trunk. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, reviews the lives of those who travelled England's roads....||5/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: From London to Marrakech||Sunken gold from West Africa sheds light on the complex relationship Elizabethan England had with the Moors of the Mediterranean. But behind the glistening gold lies a more disturbing tale of xenophobia, leading to the eventual expelling of Moors from...||5/2/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Sex and the City||A delicate glass goblet reveals the twin seductions of Venice: its sought-after luxuries and its equally sought-after lecherous women. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, visits Venice - a melting pot of nationalities, religions, classes...||5/1/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Treason and Plots||A tabloid history of Shakespeare's England, told through a collection of contemporary accounts of plots to murder Elizabeth I and James I - A Thankfull Remembrance of God's Mercy. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, presents....||4/30/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Toil and Trouble||A foiled witches' plot to kill the king - and an unusual gift of thanks. Witches were associated with James VI, through the vastly popular publication about the trials, News from Scotland, and most famously in Macbeth, the Scottish play that features...||4/27/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: New Science, Old Magic||The part played by magic in state and on stage...||4/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: City Life, Urban Strife||Unlocking the language of social difference and social control. Neil MacGregor explores the life of London's apprentices and Shakespeare's groundlings through a woollen cap....||4/25/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Ireland: Failures in the Present||The Irish were largely absent from Shakespeare's stage but never far from the public's minds. The war in Ireland was the great military crisis of the Elizabethan regime and almost resulted in failure for England. Neil MacGregor, Director of the...||4/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Europe-Triumphs of the Past||Reminders of England's glorious history were kept ever present in the minds of the people. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the battle gear of the heroic warrior king, Henry V....||4/23/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Swordplay and Swagger||Urban violence was a problem for the inhabitants of Shakespeare's London. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the murky world and drunken feuds of Thames life with the aid of a rapier and dagger found on its banks....||4/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Life Without Elizabeth||As Elizabeth I aged, the succession was the hottest topic of the day. Open discussion was banned, but a portrait of the Tudor dynasty from 1571 demonstrates the power of metaphor and allegory in exploring such sensitive subject matter. And on stage,...||4/19/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Snacking Through Shakespeare||A theatre-goer's fork excavated from the site of the Rose Theatre on London’s South Bank brings us closer to the theatre-going experience and the snacks the audience would have enjoyed. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explains....||4/18/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: Communion and Conscience||The Stratford Chalice is a communion cup that Shakespeare may well have used. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, sheds light on the dramatic religious changes that came in the aftermath of the Reformation....||4/17/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4Shakespeare: England Goes Global||How Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe changed the way Shakespeare's audiences viewed the world and their country's place in it. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, reveals how a medal commemorating this voyage demonstrates...||4/16/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||R4shakespeare: Welcome||Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this series automatically within the next seven days. To find other podcasts from the BBC, visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts...||3/27/12||Free||View In iTunes|
Mr MacGregor makes anything interesting!
I have missed his voice and am looking forward to a long series of informative podcasts. Glad to have you back, Neil :)
I have listened to the 100 Objects podcasts at least three times through. I am so glad to have Neils' voice back! I wish other museums would follow his lead and discuss their collections in this format it makes subsequent visits so much more rewarding.
Neil MacGregor is doing it again! He's back, he's full of insights about history and politics and commentaries about Shakespeare. He makes you look at the plays you thought you in new completely new ways. Very worthwhile!