No Holds Bard

The Shakespeare Podcast Shakespeare Would Have Listened To.*

NHB 121 - The Sepia Sessions: THE WINTER'S TALE

For this month's Wildcard episode, Dan and Kevin invite all the #Bardflies to join them at their neighborhood bar as they share a pitcher and discuss the Seven Stages Shakespeare Company's upcoming production of THE WINTER'S TALE that Dan will be directing this fall. 

(And if this is your first episode - NHB promises there's much less background noise, though not necessarily any more sobriety, in the rest of the catalogue.)

NHB 118 - My Old Brain Is Troubled

This week we’ll trouble our brains, foil Queen Mab, and defend the University of Southern California’s definitely-intentional choice to spell Shakespeare without the final “E” on a statue at the centerpiece of their recent $700 million facility upgrade.

NHB 117 - We Watch WILL

For their second Wildcard episode of the month, Dan and Kevin discuss the pilot episode of TNT's new series WILL, a show that "tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's arrival onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London."

NHB 115 - These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends

This week we’ll delight in violence, catch the Scottish King, and reach out to the director of Torn Out Theater to see why Dan and I weren’t called in to audition for the currently running “nude, all-male, body-positive” outdoor production of HAMLET currently running in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

NHB 112 - Figuring Out Meter

In response to Abigail Pore's tweet...

"#EnglishMajorProbs Trying to figure out meter with your Shakespeare bff @LydiaHuth Hey, @NoHoldsBardCast how about a wildcard episode?"

...your Shakespeare BFFs Dan and Kevin take a crack at iambic pentameter for your listening and learning pleasure.

NHB 111 - Where Is The Life That Late I Led?

This week we’ll reflect on our late life, bring childlike wonder to Illyria, and take inspiration from the RSC’s plan to monitor the heart rates of audience members at their upcoming production of Titus Andronicus by hooking each other up to lie detectors and asking each other questions we’ve kept under wraps for fifteen years.

NHB 107 - Sonnet Exploder (#23)

Inspired by the hit podcast Song Exploder, Kevin and Dan spend this episode breaking down and analyzing Shakespeare's Sonnet #23.

As an unperfect actor on the stage,
Who with his fear is put beside his part,
Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart;
So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
The perfect ceremony of love's rite,
And in mine own love's strength seem to decay,
O'ercharged with burthen of mine own love's might.
O! let my looks be then the eloquence
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
Who plead for love, and look for recompense,
More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
   O! learn to read what silent love hath writ:
   To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.

NHB 106 - Expose Thyself To Feel What Wretches Feel

This week we’ll expose ourselves to wretches, work out the ABCs of Julius Caesar, and take some time to expound upon the fine, fine folks at Delta and Bank of America who suddenly find themselves with a glut of money in their arts budget this summer and nowhere to send it (may we suggest

NHB 104 - Now He'll Outstare The Lightning

This week we'll outstare the lightning, love naturally, and chastise the error made in Britain's English Literature GCSE exam (basically their SAT) on the question which was written, "How does Shakespeare present the ways in which Tybalt's hatred of the Capulets influence the outcome of the play?".