Director Jimmy Walters (The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Finborough Theatre; Mrs Orwell, Southwark Playhouse) and actress Alexandra Evans (Silent Witness, BBC; Crown for Christmas, Hallmark) have announced a brand new weekly podcast.  

This new weekly podcast is set to explore the extensive back catalogue of William Shakespeare, offering a new take on some of his greatest plays such as Othello and Taming of the Shrew.

Each podcast will feature a special guest who will help to unpick the story and explore the language to help make Shakespeare’s work accessible. The first episode will see the team joined by actors Paul Tinto (1917, Entertainment One; King Lear, BBC) and Phoebe Sparrow (Downton Abbey, ITV; Inside No.9, BBC) to discuss the great Scottish tragedy, Macbeth. This first episode is available to stream and download now.

Talking about the news Jimmy Walters said: “Shakespeare to many people is the greatest storyteller to ever draw breath. In these unprecedented times where the world is standing still, we want to give people the chance to discover each of his fascinating plays through our online podcast. These stories are at their most powerful when used as a form of escapism. There seems no better time than now.”

Meanwhile, co-host Alexandra Evans added: “We hope that our new podcast encourages people who may have been intimidated or bored by Shakespeare in the past to join us and see the magic in it now. Did you know taming of the shrew is ‘10 things I hate about you’ or that ‘Breaking Bad’
runs parallel to Macbeth? It’s as relevant today as it was then.”

The Shakespeare in Quarantine podcast is available to download via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts,Anchor, Breaker, Pocket Casts or RadioPublic.