I have been focusing on Shakespeare of the last several weeks — reading books like Will in the World and The Lodger Shakespeare — and now, listening to his amazing podcast by BBC Radio 4 — Shakespeare’s Restless World. The show is currently being broadcast in 20 – 15 minutes episodes and is available in Apple’s iTunes Store Podcast directory as well as from the companion web site.
Here you can find even more information about Shakespeare see photos of the objects mentioned in the podcast and links to even more Shakespeare information.
The shows uses a similar structure to another great BBC Radio 4 show, A History of the World in 100 Objects. Each episode focuses on an object from extensive museum collections throughout the world to highlight a particular aspect or topic. This has included a fancy fork found inside the grounds of the Rose Theater, an amazing Elizabethan-era musical clock, swords, Communion cups and more.
Dive in and learn more about Shakespeare’s world so that you can better enjoy his plays.
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.
Here you can find all 100 episodes in the series. Although the series has ended, you can continue to listen to the episodes on this page or download them to keep on your computer or mp3 player.
I also subscribe and listen to these other podcast series from BBC Radio 4.