August 09 2017
Here is a brief taster of what's to come on the podcast. Episode 01 Launches on August 13th!
EPISODE 01 - WHo'S THERE?
August 13 2017
Roll up, roll up - the very first episode is now live!
EPISODE 02 - THIS THING
August 20 2017
Another cliffhanger this week, as the gentlemen on the battlements speak together and discuss what they have seen...
EPISODE 03 - ENTER GHOST
August 27 2017
Our three intrepid watchers of the night are joined on the battlements by a ghost. But whose ghost might it be?
EPISODE 04 - INSTRUMENTS OF WAR
September 03 2017
The men somehow sit down, and discuss the political climate in Denmark, and some events in the story of the dead king.
EPISODE 05 - The MOTIVE OF OUR PREPARATIONS
September 10 2017
The discussion of Old Hamlet and Old Fortinbras' conflict continues, and the men discuss how this may be the cause of current events in both countries.
EPISODE 06 - PRECURSE OF FIERCE EVENTS
September 17 2017
Horatio describes comparable portents in Ancient Rome the night before Julius Caesar's assassination, and then the ghost reappears...
EPISODE 07 - THE COCK CROWS
September 24 2017
The Ghost seems on the brink of replying to Horatio, but is put off by the herald of the morn...
EPISODE 08 - BUT LOOK, THE MORN!
OCTOber 01 2017
We reach the end of Act 1 Scene 1, as the three watchmen discuss Christmas, the coming dawn, and a certain title character's name is mentioned at last.
EPISODE 09 - ENTER CLAUDIUS
OCTOber 08 2017
Act I Scene ii - The Royal Court of Denmark appears, and the King begins to address the court.
EPISODE 10 - GOOD CORNELIUS and VOLTIMAND
OCTOber 15 2017
Act I Scene ii - King Claudius sends ambassadors to Norway.
EPISODE 11 - What Wouldst thou have, laertes?
OCTOber 22 2017 (*delayed, apologies!)
Act I Scene ii - King Claudius turns his attention to young Laertes.
EPISODE 12 - A LITTLE MORE THAN KIN, AND LESS THAN KIND
OCTOber 29 2017
Act I Scene ii - King Claudius speaks, at last, to Hamlet. Soon Queen Gertrude intervenes.
EPISODE 13 - A FAULT AGAINST THE DEAD
NOVEMber 05 2017
Act I Scene ii - King Claudius responds to Hamlet's grief.
EPISODE 14 - GO NOT TO WITTENBERG
NOVEMber 12 2017
Act I Scene ii - King Claudius concludes the day's business of state.
EPISODE 15 - THE FIRST SOLILOQUY
NOVEMber 19 2017
Act I Scene ii - Hamlet, alone, tells us what's on his mind.
EPISODE 16 - A TRUANT DISPOSITION
NOVEMber 26 2017
Act I Scene ii - Hamlet is joined by Horatio and the gentlemen from the Watch.
EPISODE 17 - methinks I see My Father
DECEMber 03 2017
Act I Scene ii - Horatio begins to tell Hamlet about the Ghost.
EPISODE 18 - DREADFUL SECRECY
DECEMber 10 2017
Act I Scene ii - Horatio and the watchmen discuss the Ghost with Hamlet.
EPISODE 19 - FOUL PLAY
DECEMber 17 2017
Act I Scene ii - Hamlet decides to go meet the Ghost.
EPISODE 20 - THE TRIFLING OF HIS FAVOUR
DECEMber 31 2017
Act I Scene iii - Laertes speaks with Ophelia before he departs for Paris.
EPISODE 21 - FEAR IT, OPHELIA
JANUARY 7 2018
Act I Scene iii - Laertes continues lecturing Ophelia.
EPISODE 22 - THE PRIMROSE PATH OF DALLIANCE
JANUARY 14 2018
Act I Scene iii - Ophelia responds to Laertes' lecture, and their father comes to encourage Laertes to set sail.
EPISODE 23 - TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
JANUARY 21 2018
Act I Scene iii - Polonius has some rather famous advice for his son.
EPISODE 24 - A GREEN GIRL
JANUARY 28 2018
Act I Scene iii - Polonius questions Ophelia on the nature of her relationship with Hamlet.
EPISODE 25 - SPRINGES TO CATCH WOODCOCKS
FEBRUARY 4 2018
Act I Scene iii - Polonius has some advice and some instructions for Ophelia.
EPISODE 26 - TO THE MANNER BORN
FEBRUARY 11 2018
Act I Scene iv - Back on the battlements, Hamlet has joined Horatio and Marcellus to see what they have been talking about.
EPISODE 27 - THAT PARTICULAR FAULT
FEBRUARY 18 2018
Act I Scene iv - Hamlet continues discussing character flaws and their dangers.
EPISODE 28 - ANGELS AND MINISTERS OF GRACE
FEBRUARY 25 2018
Act I Scene iv - The Ghost appears and Hamlet speaks to it.
EPISODE 29 - WHAT SHOULD BE THE FEAR?
MARCH 04 2018
Act I Scene iv - The Ghost beckons Hamlet - should he follow?
EPISODE 30 - SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK
MARCH 11 2018
Act I Scene iv - Horatio tries to dissuade Hamlet from following the Ghost.
EPISODE 31 - I AM THY FATHER'S SPIRIT
MARCH 25 2018
Act I Scene iv - Horatio tries to dissuade Hamlet from following the Ghost.
EPISODE 32 - MURDER MOST FOUL
APRIL 1 2018
Act I Scene v - The Ghost starts to explain what happened...
EPISODE 33 - THAT ADULTERATE BEAST
APRIL 8 2018
Act I Scene v - The Ghost has some things to say about Claudius and Gertrude.
EPISODE 34 - BY A BROTHER'S HAND
APRIL 15 2018
Act I Scene v - The Ghost at last describes how he was murdered.
EPISODE 35 - ADIEU, HAMLET, REMEMBER ME
APRIL 22 2018
Act I Scene v - The Ghost has a few more instructions for Hamlet, before he bids a final farewell.
EPISODE 36 - SMILE AND SMILE AND BE A VILLAIN
APRIL 29 2018
Act I Scene v - Hamlet resolves to remember his father, and then Marcellus and Horatio return.
EPISODE 37 - Yes, By SAINT PATRICK!
MAY 06 2018
Act I Scene v - Horatio and Marcellus try to get information from Hamlet, who is surprisingly reticent.
EPISODE 38 - HIC ET UBIQUE
MAY 13 2018
Act I Scene v - Hamlet swears his colleagues into silence - with some help from below.
EPISODE 39 - MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH
MAY 20 2018
Act I, Scene v - We reach the end of the scene, with Hamlet securing a promise of silence from Horatio and Marcellus.
EPISODE 40 - DO YOU MARK THIS, REYNALDO?
June 03 2018
Act II, Scene i - Polonius sends his man Reynaldo to Paris with some rather startling instructions.
EPISODE 41 - YOU MAY GO SO FAR
June 10 2018
Act II, Scene i - Polonius explains just how much Reynaldo can say about Laertes.
EPISODE 42 - YOUR BAIT OF FALSEHOOD TAKES THIS CARP OF TRUTH
June 17 2018
Act II, Scene i - Polonius gets to the point and explains his stratagem.
EPISODE 43 - MAD FOR THY LOVE
June 24 2018
Act II, Scene i - Ophelia comes to Polonius after an alarming encounter with Hamlet.
EPISODE 44 - DESPERATE UNDERTAKINGS
July 01 2018
Act II, Scene i - Polonius devises a plan.
EPISODE 45 - WELCOME, DEAR ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN
JuLY 15 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Claudius and Gertrude welcome Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to court.
EPISODE 46 - THANKS GUILDENSTERN AND GENTLE ROSENCRANTZ
JuLY 22 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Claudius and Gertrude tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern what they want.
EPISODE 47 - THE TRAIL OF POLICY
JuLY 29 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius comes to Claudius with an explanation of Hamlet's lunacy - and the ambassadors from Norway.
EPISODE 48 - REBUKE FROM NORWAY
AUGUST 05 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Voltemand describes the diplomatic mission to Norway and its results.
EPISODE 49 - BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT
AUGUST 12 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius has very bad news.
EPISODE 50 - DOUBT THOU THE STARS ARE FIRE?
AUGUST 19 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius continues reading the letter from Hamlet.
EPISODE 51 - THIS MADNESS WHEREIN NOW HE RAVES
AUGUST 26 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius insists to Gertrude and Claudius that he has the explanation for Hamlet's behaviour.
EPISODE 52 - YOU ARE A FISHMONGER
SEPTEMBER 2 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet enters, and Polonius tries to speak to him.
EPISODE 53 - WORDS WORDS WORDS
SEPTEMBER 9 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet continues to confuse Polonius.
EPISODE 54 - THERE’S METHOD IN IT
SEPTEMBER 16 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius is still baffled at Hamlet’s replies
EPISODE 55 - THE WORLD’S GROWN HONEST
SEPTEMBER 23 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet chats with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about strumpets and honesty.
EPISODE 56 - DENMARK’S A PRISON
SEPTEMBER 30 2018
Act II, Scene ii - In a chunk of text that only appears in the Folio, Hamlet continues to test Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
EPISODE 57 - BE EVEN AND DIRECT WITH ME
OCTOBER 07 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet continues trying to get the truth from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
EPISODE 58 - QUINTESSENCE OF DUST
OCTOBER 14 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet explains his melancholy to his “friends”.
EPISODE 59 - THE TRAGEDIANS OF THE CITY
OCTOBER 21 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Rosencrantz has surprise news for Hamlet.
EPISODE 60 - AN EYRIE OF CHILDREN
OCTOBER 28 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Another extra piece of text omitted from the Quarto, for a variety of dramatic reasons.
EPISODE 61 - I KNOW A HAWK FROM A HANDSAW
NOVEMBER 04 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet lets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern know that he's on to them.
EPISODE 62 - THE BEST ACTORS IN THE WORLD
NOVEMBER 11 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Polonius describes the actors, right before they arrive.
EPISODE 63 - JEPHTHAH, JUDGE OF ISRAEL
NOVEMBER 18 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet mocks Polonius with a fascinating Biblical reference.
EPISODE 64 - ENTER THE PLAYERS
NOVEMBER 25 2018
Act II, Scene ii - The Players arrive at last, and Hamlet greets them with great enthusiasm.
EPISODE 65 - THE HYRCANIAN BEAST
DECEMBER 02 2018
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet selects a speech for the Players to perform.
EPISODE 66 - THE UNNERVED FATHER FALLS
DECEMBER 09 2018
Act II, Scene ii - The First Player performs Aeneas' tale to Dido.
EPISODE 67 - THE MOBLED QUEEN
DECEMBER 23 2018
Act II, Scene ii - The First Player describes Priam's widow Hecuba.
EPISODE 68 - SEE THE PLAYERS WELL BESTOWED
DECEMBER 30 2018
Act II, Scene ii - As the First Player's speech ends, Hamlet insists that Polonius show them the best of Danish hospitality, and he is then left alone on the stage.
EPISODE 69 - WHAT’S HECUBA TO HIM, OR HE TO HECUBA?
JANUARY 06 2019
Act II, Scene ii - Now that he is alone, Hamlet compares the Player's performed passion with his own real emotions.
EPISODE 70 - WHO CALLS ME VILLAIN?
JANUARY 13 2019
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet continues his soliloquy, comparing himself with the First Player.
EPISODE 71 - THE PLAY’S THE THING
JANUARY 20 2019
Act II, Scene ii - Hamlet reaches the end of his soliloquy, and the scene.
EPISODE 72 - DID HE RECEIVE YOU WELL
FEBRUARY 10 2019
Act III, Scene i - Claudius enters, questioning Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He's eager to find out what they've learned - but are they being entirely forthcoming?
EPISODE 73 - LAWFUL ESPIALS
FEBRUARY 17 2019
Act III, Scene i - Claudius agrees to watch the play, and dismisses Gertrude, who has a tender moment with Ophelia.
EPISODE 74 - The HARLOT’S CHEEK
FEBRUARY 24 2019
Act III, Scene i - Polonius stage manages the eavesdropping trap for Hamlet, and Claudius lets down his guard.
EPISODE 75 - TO BE OR NOT TO BE
MARCH 03 2019
Act III, Scene i - Hamlet enters, and begins perhaps the most famous speech in the play.
EPISODE 76 - THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
MARCH 10 2019
Act III, Scene i - Hamlet continues his most famous speech, before he notices Ophelia.
EPISODE 77 - ARE YOU HONEST?
MARCH 24 2019
Act III, Scene i - Hamlet and Ophelia begin a very awkward encounter.
EPISODE 78 - GET THEE TO A NUNNERY
MARCH 31 2019
Act III, Scene i - The tension escalates between Hamlet and Ophelia.
EPISODE 79 - ALL BUT ONE SHALL LIVE
APRIL 07 2019
Act III, Scene i - Hamlet finishes with Ophelia and leaves.
EPISODE 80 - O, WHAT A NOBLE MIND IS HERE O’ERTHROWN
APRIL 14 2019
Act III, Scene i - Ophelia is left alone to lament Hamlet’s madness, but Claudius thinks the cause might lie elsewhere.
EPISODE 81 - O, WHAT A NOBLE MIND IS HERE O’ERTHROWN
APRIL 21 2019
Act III, Scene i - Polonius has his own lethal suggestion for what should be done about Hamlet’s madness.
EPISODE 82 - TRIPPINGLY ON THE TONGUE
MAY 05 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet gives some acting notes to the players before their performance of “The Murder of Gonzago”.
EPISODE 83 - THE MIRROR UP TO NATURE
MAY 12 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet continues with his acting notes to the players before their performance of “The Murder of Gonzago”.
EPISODE 84 - SOME NECESSARY QUESTION
MAY 19 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet concludes his acting lesson, and while the players get ready to perform he starts to chat with Horatio.
EPISODE 85 - MY HEART OF HEART
MAY 26 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet explains how much Horatio means to him, and enlists him to keep an eye on Claudius during the play.
EPISODE 86 - THE CHAMELEON’S DISH
June 02 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet tells Horatio to watch the king and then puts back on his mask of madness as the King and Queen arrive, ready for the play.
EPISODE 87 - COUNTRY MATTERS
June 09 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet manages to mock Polonius and be incredibly rude to Ophelia as the audience takes their seats for the play.
(Please note that this episode contains a discussion of some crude inferences that Hamlet makes, although there is no actual adult language.)
EPISODE 88 - THE HOBBYHORSE IS FORGOT
June 16 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Not content with insulting Ophelia, Hamlet fires some shots at his mother too, as his own 'mad scene' continues. He's interrupted by the Dumb Show that begins the play-within-the-play.
EPISODE 89 - IS THIS A PROLOGUE?
June 23 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Hamlet is still determined to make fun of Ophelia, while an actor enters to give a surprisingly short Prologue to the play.
EPISODE 90 - WORMWOOD
June 30 2019
Act III, Scene ii - The Player Queen begins to speak, and her lines seem to be designed to trap Gertrude rather than Claudius.
EPISODE 91 - WHAT WE DO DETERMINE OFT WE BREAK
JULY 07 2019
Act III, Scene ii - The Player King answers - but is this speech by Hamlet?
EPISODE 92 - DIE THY THOUGHTS
JULY 14 2019
Act III, Scene ii - The King concludes his speech, and the Queen makes a very melodramatic promise.
EPISODE 93 - THE LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH
JULY 28 2019
Act III, Scene ii - As the first scene of the play-within-the-play ends, Hamlet, Gertrude, Claudius and Ophelia all discuss what they're seeing.
EPISODE 94 - LET THE STRICKEN DEER GO WEEP
AUGUST 04 2019
Act III, Scene ii - The play gets too intense for Claudius, and he storms out, leaving Hamlet and Horatio to discuss his reaction.
EPISODE 95 - FAR MORE CHOLER
AUGUST 11 2019
Act III, Scene ii - Guildenstern and Rosencrantz come back, presumably sent by Claudius to speak with Hamlet.