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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Richard 3

Episode 212 | Son of York

Richard III – Introduction
In preparation for Richard III we talk about resources, quartos, the folio, history, recap what has come before, and begin to peer into the darkness that is Richard, Duke of Gloucester.


Episode 213 | Richard’s Discontent

Richard III – Act I Scene 1
Richard, having no place in a peaceful world, reveals his deadly intentions.


Episode 214 | Gentle Lady Anne

Richard III – Act I scene 2
Heaven and hell collide when Richard encounters the Lady Anne as she escorts the corpse of her father-in-law, King Henry VI.


Episode 215 | Live Long and Suffer

Richard III – Act I scene 3
Richard takes advantage of the family crisis to stir up animosity, and uses the past to slander the present.


Episode 216 | Into the Malmsey Butt

Richard III – Act I Scene 4
The Duke of Clarence recounts his dream, then receives a couple of unexpected visitors.


Episode 2017 | The Fruits of Rashness

Richard III – Act II scene 1
The ailing King Edward tries to make peace among the peers before his time is done. Richard shows up to help.


Episode 218 | Incapable and Shallow Innocents

Richard III – Act II Scene 2-4
The royal family suffers another devastating loss–one that shakes the realm–causing everyone to brace for the coming storm.


Episode 219 | The Ape and The Bear

Richard III – Act III scene 1
Prince Edward returns to London, accompanied by his Uncle Richard and Buckingham, minus an escort or two.

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