Much Ado About Shakespeare

A new series of podcasts from The Telegraph and the RSC exploring our enduring fascination with Shakespeare.

The Telegraph Much Ado About ShakespeareThroughout 2018, The Telegraph Arts Editor Ben Lawrence will introduce a series of podcasts which explore our undying fascination with the greatest playwright in the world.

You will get the chance to go behind the scenes of brand new productions and hear discussions about topics which are as relevant now as they were in Shakespeare’s day.

You can listen to or download the podcast via the links below, The Telegraph website or your regular podcast provider. Subscribe to the podcast to hear updates and please give us a review.



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The Telegraph podcasts schedule

  • Introduction

    The Telegraph Arts Editor Ben Lawrence introduces Much Ado About Shakespeare

    Listen to the introduction

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth, featuring discussion on women in Macbeth with Polly Findlay (Director, Macbeth, 2018) and Dr Emma Smith (Professor at the University of Oxford), plus behind-the-scenes access (three episodes, available from 5 March).

    • Episode 1 - goes behind the scenes in the rehearsal room with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack

      Listen to episode 1

    • Episode 2 - featuring director Polly Findlay in discussion with Dr Emma Smith about women in Macbeth

      Listen to episode 2

    • Episode 3 - Horrible Histories creator Terry Deary uncovers the mysterious curse of Macbeth

      Listen to episode 3

  • Shakespeare: 21st Century Playwright - Live recorded panel discussion

    Panel discussion with Ben Lawrence (The Telegraph Arts Editor), Gregory Doran (RSC Artistic Director) Tracy Chevalier (author of New Boy) and Iqbal Khan (director of Antony and Cleopatra, 2017), recorded live at The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Listen to episode 4

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet, featuring discussions on violence and young people with Erica Whyman (RSC Deputy Artistic Director and Director for Romeo and Juliet, 2018), plus behind-the-scenes access (available May).
    • Episode 5 - The Telegraph's Ben Lawrence goes behind the scenes of Romeo and Juliet and talks to Director Erica Whyman and several members of the cast - Raphael Sowole (Tybalt), Charlotte Josephine (Mercutio), Josh Finan (Benvolio) and Bally Gill (Romeo).

      Listen to episode 5

    • Episode 6  - featuring Ben Lawrence who chairs a debate with Erica Whyman and Emma Whipday, Leverhulme early career fellow at University College London, about how the play addresses violence.

      Listen to episode 6

    • Episode 7 - Telegraph film critic Tim Robey will share his love of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet - perhaps the greatest cinematic take on this most adapted of plays. 

      Listen to episode 7