In this episode, take a look at how you can talk about the weather.
In the tyrannical court of Athens, the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the rickety township on the hillside, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild wood, dark forces are stirring. It's a dream that will never be forgotten.
Hosted and narrated by John Nettles, this program celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, 2016. We unlock some of the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare's life and the legacy of his work across the globe. John Nettles takes us on a journey through the dangerous and dynamic times of Shakespeare's life and reveals something of the real man who transformed the London theatre and the English language, yet remained a Stratford man.
The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Learn more about travel options, tenses and idioms in this episode.
The republic of Venice employs Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. But for all his military success, Othello remains an outsider in the city, an object of racism, envy and mistrust. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by his lack of promotion, exploits Othello's ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and uncontrollable jealousy. With its racing concentrated plot and intense dramatic details, Othello is one of Shakespeare's most exciting, atmospheric and heartbreaking plays. By introducing to early 17th-century England a black character as complex as Othello, it is also one of his most extraordinary imaginative achievements.
What words do you need to know when you're in the kitchen? Find out in this episode.
The Tempest Act IV Scene I - the masque
The Tempest Act II Scene II - the gaberdine (2)
The Tempest Act II Scene II - the gaberdine
The Tempest Act II Sc I Gonzalo's commonwealth
Act I Sc II - Caliban - 'My profit on't'
Prospero discusses the shipwreck with Ariel
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