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Get Involved! Join In Online

We’re running exploring sessions online weekdays from 2pm and 7pm UK time – to get involved and read along with a play next week, then sign up today! Full details on the exploring page or you can sign up for next week here:

Live Streaming on YouTube

In the absence of live shows, we’ve starting doing daily live streaming on YouTube! This coming week it’s time for Beware the Cat – – set your reminder and listen live via the link. Or go to our twitter thread for updates @BeyondShakes

We were hoping to produce more live shows in 2020 – six were planned, one announced – but sadly they have all had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of plague. The podcast will be continuing, but we’re going to be virtual for the rest of the year. Apologies to anyone who bought tickets.

Voted by You in Spring 2019:

Four plays have been selected for the next season. Obviously we have to release this season first, but we expect episodes to start to drop once that has happened. And the plays, chosen by our patreon followers, are:

Storytelling fun!
A morality play for a Queen…
Family fun… just not kind of fun you’re supposed to have as a family.
Something a bit Neo-Classical…

So, four plays which we’re going to produce in full. We’re also going to do some prep work on two other plays that are a tad too tricky to do in full at present.

Horsey to Bish Queen four…
Oh so many accents…

Voted by You in Autumn 2018:

Four plays have been chosen from the Autumn 2018 Patreon Vote. 

So, what’s coming up?

Jack Juggler – a comedic enterlude, which will probably come out in March…

Gammer Gurton’s Needle – a comedy for student performance…

The Life and Death of Jack Straw – a surprisingly short history play…

and The Tragedy of Mariam, The Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary – a tragedy not written for the public stage.

2019 Season

The complete plays of John Heywood are out now, as well as a mini season of material from the Biblical plays of John Bale.  Our Exploring series on the Chester Mystery plays, already recorded, are available to our patrons now and will be out on the podcast by the end of 2019.

The Play of the Weather


The ‘Beyond Shakespeare’ Podcast – A (Sort of) Mission Statement

From the earliest drama in English, to the closing of the theatres in 1642, there was a hell of a lot of drama produced – and a lot of it wasn’t by Shakespeare.

Apart from a few noble exceptions these plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast presents full audio productions of the plays, fragmentary and extant, that shaped the theatrical world that shaped our dramatic history.

We’re going to produce EVERYTHING. In full, in part, in different ways, live, in studio, in rehearsal, in production. You can listen to our work in progress timeline of all the plays in this timeline.

You help support us by pledging on our patreon account, and get a vote as to what we do next.

Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Stitcher or just listen here.