The Chop Bard podcast passionatley picks apart the plays of William Shakespeare, scene by scene, line by line, in search of entertainment and understanding, offering a fresh and entertaining look at some old goods- it is the cure for boring Shakespeare.

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As You Like It

Episode 226 | As You Like It

As You Like It – An introduction
A few survival tips before entering the forest of Arden, lest we fall foul a shouting shepherd and shrug his shenanigans.

Episode 227 | How to Manage A Brother

As You Like It – Act I scene 1
Orlando wants what’s rightfully his.

Episode 228 |Sport for Ladies

As You Like It – Act I scene 2
Rosalind and Celia encounter a clown, and witness a wrestling match.

Episode 229 | Aliena and Ganymede

As You Like It – Act I scene 3
Rosalind and Celia’s world undergoes a sudden transformation.

Episode 230 | The Uses of Adversity

As You Like It – Act II scene 1, 2, 3 –
While Duke Senior and his followers thrive in exile, Orlando is introduced to the perils of excellence.

Episode 231 | The Forest of Arden

As You Like It – Act II scene 4 and 5
Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone arrive in the forest. Jaques offers a dissenting note.

Episode 232 | All the World’s a Stage

As You Like It – Act II scene 6 and 7
Unexpected encounters in the forest, as if life were a play.

Episode 233 | The Trees Say Rosalind

As You Like It – Act III scene 1 and 2
Oliver is uprooted from his comfy life, as words abound in the forest.

Episode 234 | Among the Goats

As You Like It – Act III scene 3 and 4
Even a goat knows that love can turn a person into a fool but won’t make a fool personable.

Episode 235 | Know Yourself

As You Like It – Act III scene 5
Rosalind inserts herself into a pageant of disharmony, and only makes things worse.

Episode 236 | Wicked Son of Venus

As You Like It – Act IV scene 1
Ganymede attempts to cure Orlando, which sinks Rosalind deeper in love.

Episode 237 | The Lioness

As You Like It – Act IV, scene 2 and 3
Silvius delivers Phoebe’s letter, and Oliver finds Ganymede and Aliena.

Episode 238 | The Magician

As You Like It – Act V, scene 1 and 2
Touchstone confronts a rival lover, and Rosalind promises a miracle.

Episode 239 | Four Weddings and A Miracle

As You Like It – Act V, scene 3 and 4
Exiles and rustics gather to witness some magic and promised marriages.