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Get bonus content, behind the scenes tours, and insider access to That Shakespeare Life where you can cook, play, and create your way through the life of William Shakespeare.

   Come inside where you can cook, create, & play your way through the life of William Shakespeare.

Here's What's Inside:

Video Versions of Our Show

Come inside the studio with us and sit down at the table with our guests. Unlock special behind the scenes footage of the recording of our episodes plus bonus archival images, paintings, and woodcuts that show you visually what we talk about in the show. 

Stream Bonus History Shows!

Browse our library of Shakespeare history content including archaeological site footage, bonus interviews not available on the podcast, documentary short films, virtual tours, and animated plays.

Worksheets, Diagrams, and Illustrations

Crossword puzzles, context maps, illustrated genealogies, and more! Access our entire library of printable history guides that make it easy to learn something new about the bard, and to keep track of all the characters, places, and concepts you come across in his plays.

Get the Royal Treatment with our All Access Pass

 Access our entire library of printable lesson plans, worksheets, and activity kits (that work like science labs for Shakespeare history). Every single resource we have, available right up front, so you can download what you need to plan your entire year. The all access pass also includes a 35 week syllabus coordinating with our resources to show you how to use what's in our library to complete a full dual credit history/literature course.

Virtual Tours

Come along with us as we travel to Shakespeare hotspots like Kenilworth Castle, Stratford Upon Avon at Christmastime, and even Shakespeare's Birthplace! As members you not only get access to these tours, but you can submit your questions to be asked live to our professional history tour guide as we go on the trip.

Worksheets & Bonus History Guides

Some history about William Shakespeare is just best understood when you can really see what we are talking about. As these visual elements are not things we can share through the audio of our podcast, we put together detailed history guides, worksheets, ebooks, and more that collect archival images, paintings, and museum exhibits to show you the history we learn about on the show. Each of our guides coordinates with the podcast and with Shakespeare plays so you can learn along with us as you listen. As members, you get unlimited printing of these worksheets so you can come back and download it again if you lose your copy, or you can print and pass them out to your students or book club.

Activity Kits

When you really love Shakespeare, nothing gets you closer to learning about his life than trying out some of the things he used to do when he was living in turn of the 17th century England. That's why, we've put together activity kits that work like science labs for Shakespeare history. These kits let you cook recipes of food from his plays, try out board and card games mentioned in his works, and even create some of your own 17th century items like iron gall ink or authentic beeswax candles. The kits come with instructions and supply lists along with a complete video tutorial so you can complete these activities at home or in your classroom.

Activities are not included in our standard memberships. To get the activity kits included, you have to be a Royal Member (All Access Pass). All other membership levels can purchase activities individually, and you get 30% off our retail price for being a member.

ALL MEMBERS GET 30% OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR SHOP!

What people are saying:

You are bringing [Shakespeare] alive, and I think that's so important, because at school so many of the children...they can't really link with Shakespeare because they teach just his works, but you need to really know about Shakespeare as a whole, his life, his world, and then you can access his works. And that's exactly what you're doing.

Brigitte Webster

Owner and Lead Historian, Tudor & 17th Century Experience

One of the most impressive things about Cassidy's work is that she preserves the sense of context that is usually missing when one looks at Shakespearian England and its place in history.  Her work has given a broader context to our own presentation of the pilgrims, and why they came to America in the first place.  Cassidy's podcasts help us understand Shakespeare better by understanding his world better.  But the reverse is also true.  By understanding his world, we understand world history - and it's players - better, too

Beth Vickers

Executive Producer, 1620 Experience

I assigned... "Did Shakespeare Play Sports" to give my students a bit of background on all the sports references in Lear. They LOVED your video. I'm going to assign more!

Lauren Shook

Assistant Professor of English, Texas Lutheran University

I have been listening to your podcast and will in all future Shakespeare courses assign some of the episodes. Just so smart and fun and useful.

Rebecca Totaro

Professor of English, Florida Gulf Coast University, Series Editor, Cultural Inquiries in English Literature 1400-1700 Penn State University Press

Get the Royal Treatment with our All Access Pass

 Access our entire library of printable lesson plans, worksheets, and activity kits (that work like science labs for Shakespeare history). Every single resource we have, available right up front, so you can download what you need to plan your entire year. The all access pass also includes a 35 week syllabus coordinating with our resources to show you how to use what's in our library to complete a full dual credit history/literature course.

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