|01||The King's A Beggar - Now The Play Is Done||20001007|
Germaine Greer makes the case for Shakespeare the subversive, arguing that his neglected play King John is one of the most extraordinary theatrical experiments ever performed and a radical challenge to the values of monarchy.
|02||Shakespeare Is Dead||20001014|
Director Michael Bogdanov calls for a radical resuscitation of Shakespeare, whom he claims has been suffocated by `the great Shakespeare conspiracy' - centuries of adoration that have left the bard emasculated by political ideology, fettered by the education system and poorly served by the theatre.
|03||How Not To Be A Hero||20001021|
The poet Geoffrey Hill examines the complexities of `Coriolanus', one of Shakespeare's most troubling works. Is it a tragedy, a debate, a satire or the blackest of comedies? Does it propose the rights of the many or support rule by the few? Introduced by Valentine Cunningham.
|04||Sticky Sounds: Shakespeare's Sonnets||20001028|
Tom Paulin argues that the meaning of Shakespeare's sonnets is best understood by listening carefully to their acoustic effects, talking in detail about sonnets 15, 19, 33, 44, 73 and 80.
|05||Rough Magic And Sweet Lullaby||20001104|
Marina Warner considers Shakespeare's use of the supernatural and examines his portrayal of fairies, witches and magic. Introduced by Jonathan Bate
|06 LAST||Prospero's Pagans: The Greening Of Shakespeare||20001111|
David Dabydeen explores paganism in `The Tempest' and argues that a variety of new age and environmental movements can find philosophical roots within the play.