Shakespeare Stories

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20051114

Extracts from five different sources that inspired five of Shakespeare's plays, introduced by Shakespeare scholar Dr Carol Rutter.

1/5. Othello

Abridged by Gordon House.

Taken from Italian writer Gerald Cinthio's Hecatommithi, Simon Russell Beale reads the tale of the Moor of Venice, his bitter jealousy and a tragedy born in the folds of a handkerchief.

20051115

Extracts from five different sources that inspired five of Shakespeare's plays, introduced by Shakespeare scholar Dr Carol Rutter.

2/5. The Winter's Tale

Abridged by Gordon House.

Gerard Murphy reads Robert Greene's prose romance Pandosto, a tale of sexual jealousy and social unrest, which Shakespeare used as the basis for The Winter's Tale.