Lend Me Your Ears

Lend Me Your Ears: Coriolanus

Shakespeare’s final tragedy is about authenticity, compromise, and the struggle between the elites and the populists.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Images via Wikimedia Commons.

Lend Me Your Ears is a podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own. Read Isaac’s introduction to the series and listen to previous episodes now.

In this sixth and final episode of Lend Me Your Ears, host Isaac Butler talks to the Public Shakespeare Initiative’s Michael Sexton, Villanova professor John-Paul Spiro, Brooklyn College professor Roy Tsao, and theater critic Helen Shaw about the themes of populism, political authenticity, and the body in Shakespeare’s final tragedy, Coriolanus.*


The actors in this episode are Geordie Broadwater as Coriolanus, Sean Williams as Menenius, Daryl Lathon as Sicinius, David Rosenberg as Brutus, and Henry Jenkinson and Will Sturdivant as the soldiers.


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Podcast produced by Chau Tu.

*Correction, Oct. 9, 2018: This post originally misstated where John-Paul Spiro is a professor. He teaches at Villanova, not Vanderbilt.