The Ghost Stories of Anne Boleyn

The Ghost Stories of Anne Boleyn

Access over 150 additional episodes in our back catalog on Patreon! Join today at http://www.patreon.com/thatshakespearelife  In Tudor England, it was a tradition to tell ghost stories to celebrate Christmas, particularly on Christmas Eve. One of the people about...
Haunted Lover’s Ballads

Haunted Lover’s Ballads

Haunted Lover’s Ballads for Shakespeare’s lifetime were a special kind of folk song where the ghosts of dead lovers would come back to haunt their unfaithful partners as a warning to future potentially unfaithful lovers. Ghosts and spiritual manifestations...
Is Hamlet a Christmas play?

Is Hamlet a Christmas play?

Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, gives us a brief look at Christmas in Shakespeare’s lifetime when Marcellus, one of Hamlet’s friends who was in on Hamlet’s plot to make everyone think he’s crazy before he kills his uncle for betrayal. And there’s this one speech by...
Special Effects at The Globe Theater

Special Effects at The Globe Theater

Shakespeare's plays were minimally staged compared to today's high tech and computerized environments, but the creativity that was used to create scenes with devils, ghosts, witches, battlefields, and more was pure theater magic. Called a “quaint device”...