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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
Richard III with Anthony Sher

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: Richard III with Anthony Sher

 

Shakespeare’s Richard III is one of the most infamous villains of all time, and one of the most relished. This episode explains how Shakespeare created both a loathsome and brilliant manipulator, as well as a real man who speaks to every age.

 

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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED
The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham

SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham

 

Three centuries before The Merchant of Venice was written, England became the first country in medieval Europe to expel its Jewish population. Comparing Shylock to the stock Jewish villain of the day, the episode looks at the efforts over the years, for better or worse, to treat him more as a victim – and rescue Shakespeare from any taint of anti-Semitism.

 

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