In this podcast series, we ask the world's leading Shakespearean actors, directors, scholars and writers; what on earth is Hamlet talking about in his most famous and baffling soliloquy, "To be or not to be"? As we found out, no-one can agree on what it means - and our conversations often ended up in the most unexpected of places ....
THEATRE IN TROUBLE
This podcast series was started in the depths of the coronavirus lockdown, and the contributors all agreed to take part because they wanted to raise awareness for theatres and for actors, in a time of crisis, of pandemic, rolling lockdowns and social distancing.
If you want to help, theatres like the Globe have donations pages you can visit – and there are special funds set up during lockdown to help actors whose livelihoods have been devastated by theatre closures. Here are some links to learn more:
Theatre Artists Fund: https://theatreartists.fund/donate/
Theatre Community Fund: https://www.theatrecommunityfund.com/
Actors Benevolent Fund: https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.co.uk/support
Shakespeare's Globe: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/join-and-support/donate
Royal Shakespeare Company: https://www.rsc.org.uk/support/make-a-donation/
Birmingham Rep: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/support-us/
Royal Exchange Theatre: https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/support-us
Old Vic Theatre: https://www.oldvictheatre.com/support-us/donate
Young Vic Theatre: https://www.youngvic.org/support-us/donate-today
Belarus Free Theatre: https://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/
Northern Broadsides: https://www.northern-broadsides.co.uk/
Theatre Royal Bath: https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/
National Theatre: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/
Everyman Playhouse: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/
Bridge Theatre: https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/
Chichester Festival Theatre: https://www.cft.org.uk/
Crucible Theatre: https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/
Public Theatre, New York: https://publictheater.org/
American Shakespeare Centre: https://americanshakespearecenter.com/
Bard in the Botanics: https://www.bardinthebotanics.co.uk/
Ego Performance Company: http://www.egoperformance.co.uk/
Everything to Everybody: https://everythingtoeverybody.bham.ac.uk/
To Be Or Not To Be: Lockdown Shakespeare is an unfunded labour of love, and all the interviewees volunteered their time for free. To everyone who contributed, thank you!
Thanks also to Kris Dyer, Paul Sen and Hana Faouri, for their invaluable help and support.