Join Jennifer Byrne for Books That Changed My Life featuring Sydney Writers' Festival guests Marlon James, Paula Hawkins, Kate Tempest and Vivian Gornick.
Sydney Writers' Festival headliner Jeanette Winterson joins Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and Virginia Gay in the return of The Book Club. Includes exclusive live performance by Paul Kelly.
Jennifer Byrne catches up with all round nice guy Andy Griffiths, the bestselling children's author of the Treehouse series and The Day My Bum Went Psycho.
A modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.
A look at 'King Lear' with Christopher Plummer, who first played the title role in 2002 under the direction of Jonathan Miller. He explores how the play may have been staged in Shakespeare's time; and talks about playing the king with Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale.
Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudio's friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice - by killing his best friend. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being unacknowledged, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare's wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers.
Legendary director Trevor Nunn, (who has directed 30 of Shakespeare's 37 plays and is determined to complete them all), takes us through the magical and mysterious world created in The Tempest, Shakespeare's last complete play.
Morgan Freeman investigates The Taming of the Shrew. He talks with Tracey Ullman, who starred with him a 1990 Shakespeare in the Park production that set the story in the Old West; and also talks with Sinead Cusack and Julia Stiles.
Critics discuss the way in which William Shakespeare subverted a traditional comic role for women, the shrew.
Petruchio wagers that his wife is more compliant than both Lucentio and Hortensio's. Kate delivers thy husband is thy lord monologue, exhibiting the power relationship between men and women in the play.
Katherina despairs at Petruchio's treatment of her, detailing many of the ways her husband has tried to break the headstrong woman and turn her into a compliant wife.
Petruchio and Katherina argue from the moment they first meet but Petruchio still insists Kate will be be his wife.
Baptista Minola determines that his daughter Bianca may only marry when her elder sister, shrewish Kate, finds a husband.
Hortensio, Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) agree to pay Petruchio if he will marry Kate, leaving the competing suitors free to pursue Bianca.
Gremio and Tranio (disguised as Lucentio) bid to marry Bianca, telling Baptista how wealthy they are. Baptista agrees to let Lucentio marry Bianca if the suitor's financial position can be verified.
Hugh Bonneville, who began his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park, reflecting on the play's enduring appeal with Fiennes, David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.
In Hamlet, David Tennant, whose own RSC performance was a huge hit, meets other actors who have played the role - from the legendary David Warner in the 1960s to the recent Jude Law. He also tries, alongside Simon Russell Beale and Ben Whishaw, to unravel the meaning of the play and the reason why it is considered by many to be the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote. David Tennant surprised when he took on the role of Hamlet - most did not know that he had trained in and worked for many years at the Royal Shakespeare Company. But that didn't mean he wasn't scared stiff at the prospect of taking on the legendary role. Now he takes up the challenge of unravelling the story and trying to uncover what it is about it that has made Hamlet the most famous of all of Shakespeare's plays. He revisits his own performance, alongside his director Greg Doran, and he meets up with other actors who have tackled the role. With the historian Justin Champion he tries to enter the mindset of the 16th century audiences who would have watched this story and he discovers how different generations of actors, directors and scholars have interpreted the play. What he discovers is that Hamlet is a play full of questions rather than answers - but they are the questions we all continue to ask ourselves to this day. Questions about who to believe, who to trust, how to live and how to love, how to understand life and how to face death. What all the actors who have played it seem to share is that the process of acting the role is deeply and profoundly personal - and perhaps that is why audiences also feel that the play touches them more than any other play before or since.
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