30 April 2020
With the help of some of the best and brightest Shakespeare fans in the world, we’re diving deep into 38 plays in 35 episodes (Henrys IV & VI only get one episode a piece; sorry, Bill). In every episode of The Shakespeare Series, I’ll be joined by a different guest (or guests) to discuss a different play in the canon- from the big picture to the tiniest nerdy detail. We have guests lined up who’ve appeared in title roles on the biggest national stages and others who’ve played messengers in 20-person houses; actors, directors, scholars, and even a stage manager, calling in from Stratford, Manila, Boston, Berlin, New York, Niagara, Newfoundland, Washington DC and, of course, Toronto. Every one of them knows their stuff and every one of them was chosen for exactly one reason- a big, bold, unapologetic love of the bard.
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Eli Ham is not only one of the best Shakespeare actors around, he’s one of the most interesting people to talk to about Shakespeare. I’ve interviewed him three times and every time without fail we end up going at least a few rounds on whatever recent production we both saw. Our 2012 Outstanding Actor winner for his work with Humber River Shakespeare Company, Eli remains the best Macbeth I’ve ever seen but it was his favourite play Henry V that he most wanted to discuss for the Shakespeare Series.
Matthew Edison on Hamlet
Lauren Horejda on The Merchant of Venice
Jessi McCarthy & Owen Schmitt on Timon of Athens
James Graham on King Lear
Nicanor Campos on Cymbeline
Scott Garland on As You Like It
Marcel Stewart on Macbeth
Ted Witzel on All’s Well That Ends Well
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey on The Winter’s Tale