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BOTW01The Theatre20151012by James Shapiro
Episode One : The Theatre
In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a Royal Family hungry for new entertainment while the threats of plague, insurrection and rebellion threatened English society. At the peak of his powers, he was writing for actors who he knew well within a theatre company with which he had been involved for more than a decade. The resulting plays, KING LEAR, MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA were extraordinary.
Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.
1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Abridged by Anna Magnusson
Read by Ian McDiarmid
Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane
BOTW01The Theatre2015101220151013 (R4)by James Shapiro
Episode One : The Theatre
In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a Royal Family hungry for new entertainment while the threats of plague, insurrection and rebellion threatened English society. At the peak of his powers, he was writing for actors who he knew well within a theatre company with which he had been involved for more than a decade. The resulting plays, KING LEAR, MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA were extraordinary.
Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.
1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Abridged by Anna Magnusson
Read by Ian McDiarmid
Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012by James Shapiro
Episode One : The Theatre
In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a Royal Family hungry for new entertainment while the threats of plague, insurrection and rebellion threatened English society. At the peak of his powers, he was writing for actors who he knew well within a theatre company with which he had been involved for more than a decade. The resulting plays, KING LEAR, MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA were extraordinary.
Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.
1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Abridged by Anna Magnusson
Read by Ian McDiarmid
Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre2015101220151013 (R4)In 1606, Shakespeare was writing for a royal family hungry for new entertainment.
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW01The Theatre20151012
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013by James Shapiro
Episode Two: The Gunpowder Plot
The impact of the Gunpowder Plot of late 1605 has implications not only for the monarchy and aristocracy but also for the work of the contemporary playwrights, including William Shakespeare.
Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKSEPEARE.
1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.
1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Abridged by Anna Magnusson
Read by Ian McDiarmid
Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot2015101320151014 (R4)The impact of the Gunpowder Plot of late 1605 has implications for playwrights.
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW02The Gunpowder Plot20151013
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014by James Shapiro


Episode Three : Plague

An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of William Shakespeare when the theatres are closed. It also looms close to his home in London.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague2015101420151015 (R4)An outbreak of the plague threatens the livelihood of Shakespeare when the theatres close.
BOTW03Plague20151014
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015by James Shapiro


Episode Four : Religion

The ferment in the country and King James' insistence on an Oath of Allegiance brings religious tensions to the fore in 1606. Anyone refusing to take communion (and therefore presumed to be Catholic) was fined. These matters come very close to William Shakespeare when a member of his family refuses communion in Stratford Upon Avon.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion2015101520151016 (R4)Religious tensions come to the fore, aided by the king's demand for an oath of allegiance.
BOTW04Religion20151015
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016by James Shapiro


Episode Five : Union

King James' quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.



Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

1606: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR is a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life. The book traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, THE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF KING LEIR, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, KING LEAR.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, witnessing the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare who, before the year was out, went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.



Abridged by Anna Magnusson

Read by Ian McDiarmid

Produced by Gaynor Macfarlane.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union2015101620151017 (R4)King James's quest for the union of England and Scotland is not easily resolved.
BOTW05Union20151016

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  • 30 Minutes