BBC Radio 4’s hit history podcast You're Dead To Me has been to Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside, for a special episode about the life, work and legacy of William Shakespeare.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the First Folio – the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays – which contains 36 out of the Bard's total of 38. Collated and published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, only 18 of the plays had previously been printed during his lifetime.
In celebration of this, the BBC's Greg Jenner (of Horrible Histories) took to SNP's Cockpit Theatre stage recently for a special recording of the award-winning podcast with Farah Karim-Cooper, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London, and comedian and writer Richard Herring. The trio explored what we know of the man behind the work, in front of a live audience.
The episode will be broadcast on Radio 4 on November 4, in the week of the 400th anniversary of the First Folio. A full, hour-long version will be available on BBC Sounds.
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