Last update: 2009-12-15

The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre - a work in progress

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2009-12-15 :: jane@podcats.co.uk
The scaffolding is coming down and the theatre technicians are busy inside the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon. A year since our last visit to the building site things are beginning to take shape. Jane Markham goes behind the scenes and finds out why it will be another year before the actors will arrive! …


On site as the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre takes shape

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2008-12-15 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 13s
In November 2008 giant steel roof beams were winched into position over what will be the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre's auditorium. The thrust stage is already clearly visible and the viewing tower, which will give visitors a fantastic view of Stratford Upon Avon and the surrounding countryside, starts its upward progress as the lift shaft begins to take shape. In this podcast we are on site for a tour behind the scenes of the drama of the rebirth of what promises to be an iconic theatre of the future.…


Compton Verney

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2008-03-17 :: jane@podcats.co.uk
Lancelot Capability Brown laid out the grounds of this grade one listed mansion house in the heart of Warwickshire not far from Stratford Upon Avon. This Talking the Walk takes us on a stroll round the lake with John Schumann - the head groundsman who took over from his father 30 years ago - and historian John Phibbs who has made a particular study of Capability Brown's work. When you 've done the walk why not visit the house which is now an art gallery housing the Peter Moore's Foundation collection. …


Warwick - Talking the Walk

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2007-07-24 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 31s
Warwick - the county town of Warwickshire in the heart of England - is well known for its fabulous castle but there's much more to the town than that and visitors will be missing out if they don't venture outside its mighty walls. Much of the Tudor part of the town was destroyed by a catastrophic fire at the end of the 17th century and what grew from the ashes was a delightful Georgian town. But the tomb of Elizabeth 1st favourite Robert Dudley survives and what about the run away tram! Join Warwick's Town Crier, Graham Sutherland, his wife Mo (both Blue Badge Guides) who take us on a walk around this lovely town and get a local's eye view…


Royal Shakespeare Company Podcast 4

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2007-07-24 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 18s
The famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, designed in the 1930s, has now closed its doors to the public while it undergoes a major transformation - and in this is an episode of memories of the RST in its heyday we'll get the view from the stalls! From those whose passion drove them to keep a caravan in Stratford for their regular visits from Devon to those who came by bus from Birmingham to queue for standing room only in the 1960's ! Today the audience speaks…


Royal Shakespeare Company Podcast 3

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2007-06-13 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 13s
The RSC's famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon is being transformed over the next three years and while work is underway the company is performing up the road in a temporary theatre which is a working prototype for the new RST. Find out more from the RSC's artistic director, one of the the UK's top theatre designers and the architects.…


Southam Walks

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2007-05-11 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 29s
Talking two walks in Southam in South Warwickshire. Now a quiet market town but once on a major crossroads as a coaching stop between London and Glasgow and a crossing point on the old drovers' route from Wales to the livestock markets of the capital. We walk the Town Trail and the Holy Well Walk to the ancient well that was reputed to cure eye ailments…


Shipston on Stour

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2007-04-05 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 29s
Talking the Walk in Shipston on Stour. Mike Ashley and Dick Burge have been gathering artifacts and anecdotes from this ancient market town on the edge of the Cotswolds for more than 40 years. They are the ideal people to throw some light on some of Shipston's local secrets from the old school bell to the old jail cells!…


Shakespeare Country

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0100-11-08 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 7s
Jane Markham visits the Royal Shakespeare Company following their hugely successful Complete Works Festival and looks ahead to 2007 and the transformation of Stratford Upon Avon's Theatres…


Royal Shakespeare Company Podcast 2

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0000-05-18 :: jane@podcats.co.uk Length: 7s
David Crystal, a world expert of Shakespearian pronunciation, on why Romeo and Juliet would have been 10 minutes shorter in Shakespeare's day, and other fascinating insights.…


Royal Shakespeare Company Podcast 1

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Fay Weldon, one the the UK's best loved and most respected writers talks about taking liberties with Shakespeare's works!…


The Antiques Man 18

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Saying it with flowers - in this the final episode in this series - Kevin talks about a hand painted fine bone china plate from the Royal Worcester factory.…


The Antiques Man 17

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Podcast 17 features a log shaped pottery vase or planter by one of the most collectable pot painters of all time! Would you have picked it out for what it is in a junk shop?…


The Antiques Man 16

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Kevin finds a figurine made just up the road from his base in Birmingham in the Staffordshire potteries. They were turned out in their hundreds but 120 years on what is it worth?…


The Antiques Man f16

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Kevin finds a figurine made just up the road from his base in Birmingham in the Staffordshire potteries. They were turned out in their hundreds but 120 years on what is it worth?…


The Antiques Man 14

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Kevin recalls the origin of the phrase 'the acid' test while looking into the story of a handsome sea horse brooch in ivory and gold.…


The Antiques Man 14

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Kevin sheds light on glass pictures documenting one of the biggest news stories of the start of the 20th century in the days before the 24 hour news television. Magic! …


The Antiques Man 13

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Medical 'Quackery' or the ultimate in Victorian hi tech therapy? Kevin plugs into some early electrical magic …


The Antiques Man 12

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Kevin rings a beautiful Victorian Cranberry glass bell and remembers a glass top hat that was made to measure.…


The Antiques Man 11

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Kevin unlocks the secrets of a Victorian Tunbridge Ware tea caddy…


The Antiques Man 10

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Kevin celebrates the festive season in miniature by looking inside a Victorian Doll's House at a lovely piece of antique dolls house furniture…


The Antiques Man 9

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Kevin Jackson on a modern oil painting of the most famous ship in the world....RMS Titantic…


The Antiques Man 8

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Kevin Jackson in black and white as he talks about the skills of the silhouette artist. Plus a new competition to win $25 off your next purchase from Kevin's Ebay store…


The Antiques Man 7

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Kevin Jackson on the 19th century pipe beloved of Sherlock Holmes. Plus a new competition to win $25 off your next purchase from Kevin's Ebay store…


The Antiques Man 6

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Kevin Jackson on a collection of postcards depicting some of the most famous ships of the last century - including the most famous one of all…


The Antiques Man 5

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Kevin Jackson comes across a Victorian invention said to have been designed by the Queen's husband, Prince Albert. But what is it and what is worth? …


The Antiques Man 4

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Kevin Jackson is delighted to have found a 19th century ship builder's model - and its history .Plus his thoughts on a Wedgwood pot from and emial from Bill in North London…


The Antiques Man 3

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Kevin Jackson on British Second World War Medals - plus his thoughts on an inlaid jewellery box from a photograph emailed from Eva in South Norwood…


The Antiques Man 2

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Kevin discovers a colourful plate from the Poole Pottery which hasbeen making pots for more than a hundred years…


The Antiques Man 24 September

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Kevin Jackson on his passion for Dinky cars with tips and advice on what a collector should look out for…


About this podcast:

Shakespeare Country

Shakespeare Country showcases the rich cultural heritage at the heart of England around Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire where England's most celebrated playwright was born. A Podcats production for www.shakespeare-country.co.uk.

Shakespeare Country