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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Austin Pendleton

Friday, May 01, 2015

The director was on the show to talk about his new staging of "Hamlet." We were glad to see that he's retained his love of milkshakes. 

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World of Opera

Nicolai's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' From Belgium

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Using the same story that later inspired Verdi's "Falstaff," Nicolai's colorful score combines the sparkle of Italian opera with the budding style of German romanticism.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter Sarsgaard's Modern "Hamlet"

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Peter Sarsgaard and Austin Pendleton discuss the Classic Stage Company’s new production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” 

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WQXR Features

When Shakespeare's Rhythms Hit the Right Notes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shakespeare is arguably the single most important source of literary inspiration for composers. Listen Thursday and decide for yourself who has succeeded -- and failed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

As Shakespeare Developed as an Artist, So Did His Female Roles

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, discusses how women in Shakespeare's plays became equals with men in status, and sexual passion.

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The Takeaway

Beware of False Tales About the Ides of March

Friday, March 13, 2015

The phrase "Beware the Ides of March" was never uttered to warn Julius Caesar about his imminent assassination. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Shakespeare to Cinderella: The New Works of Sir Kenneth Branagh

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Sir Kenneth Branagh discusses directing Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, his own theater company, and his new film "Cinderella." 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The 20-Minute Macbeth

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Come on Macduff, let's play rough! Brother Blue retells Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Max's Blues" using the idioms and language of the street.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale'

Monday, August 25, 2014

The production blends of professional actors, community members, and special guests, as part of the Public Theater's Public Works project.

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Around Broadway

Midsummer Theater Doesn't Slow Down at Canada's Stratford Festival

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer is the slow season for Broadway, but it’s high season for theater festivals. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explains why.

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WNYC News

A Lear Less Bright Than Its Stars

Saturday, August 09, 2014

 King Lear is now showing at The Public's Delacorte Theater as part of their free annual Shakespeare in the Park series.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wherefore Teach Thy Children Shakespeare?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A guide to Shakespeare productions around the city this summer — and tips for parents on introducing kids to the Bard.

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WNYC News

Sunny Love from Sicily Opens Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is the quintessential romantic comedy. Set in sunny Sicily, it features a host of misunderstandings, some light intrigue, a masked ball, and one of the most famous romantic pairings in literature: Beatrice and Benedick, whose "merry war" of wits leads, of course, to falling in ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare in the Park's “Much Ado About Nothing”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater talk about playing the wise-cracking would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

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Around Broadway

Kenneth Branagh Makes NY Stage Debut in Macbeth

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth need a lot of space to cook up their double helping of toil and trouble, they've got it at the Park Avenue Armory. Charles Isherwood reports.

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Studio 360

They Found Shakespeare’s Dictionary on eBay

Friday, May 02, 2014

Shakespeare coined scores of words, but where did he get his? Two booksellers think they’ve found Shakespeare’s own copy of a popular 16th century dictionary — with annotations highlighting unusual words that appear in the plays.

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Operavore

The Bard Goes to the Opera

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nearly 300 operatic works have been based on Shakespeare's plays. Saturday at 12:30 pm, Garry Wills, author of Verdi’s Shakespeare: Two Men of the Theater, discusses the Bard's influence on Verdi.

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WNYC News

Though This Be Madness, Could This Dictionary Be Shakespeare's?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Two New York City bookstore owners claim they have an annotated dictionary from 1580 used by the bard himself.

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The Takeaway

Was Shakespeare a Scientist at Heart?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When most people think of William Shakespeare they think of his plays, not science. But how much did the real science of astronomy influence Shakespeare's writing? 

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WQXR Features

Ticket Giveaway: Happy Birthday to The Bard

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today is Shakespeare's 450th birthday. You’ll also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Shakespeare in the Park this summer and a one-year membership to the Public Theater.