No Holds Bard

The Shakespeare Podcast Shakespeare Would Have Listened To.*

NHB 152 - Holy Sh*t It's Ben Crystal

For this month's Wildcard episode we throw ten duel questions at Ben Crystal, co-writer of Shakespeare's Words and The Shakespeare Miscellany, author of Shakespeare on Toast - Getting A Taste for the Bard, explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production, producer, actor, and actual listener of the podcast. You can check out Ben's work at the recently revised or his personal website at

NHB 151 - Sonnet Exploder (#40)

Inspired by the hit podcast Song Exploder, Kevin and Dan spend this episode breaking down and analyzing Shakespeare's Sonnet #40.

Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all;
What hast thou then more than thou hadst before?
No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call;
All mine was thine before thou hadst this more.
Then, if for my love thou my love receivest,
I cannot blame thee for my love thou usest;
But yet be blamed, if thou thyself deceivest
By wilful taste of what thyself refusest.
I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,
Although thou steal thee all my poverty:
And yet, love knows, it is a greater grief
To bear love’s wrong than hate’s known injury.
     Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,
     Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.

NHB 146 - The Cause Is In My Will

This week we’ll will our causes, find a common theme, and go after Shakespeare for reports that he himself may have annotated a copy of the 16th century copy of one of the source texts for Hamlet, since we came up with annotating copies of Shakespeare plays first.

NHB 143 - Prose and Verses: The Queen Mab Speech

For this month's Wildcard we're trying out a new format - Prose and Verses. In each P&V episode, one of the boys will take a controversial position on a Shakespearian matter and the other will defend what is perceived to be the popular opinion on the issue in a Lincoln-Douglas-inspired long-form debate

NHB 142 - Hoyday, A Riddle!

This week we’ll riddle you this, melt some solid flesh, and introduce our brand new spinoff podcast about George North, the author from the 1570s that Shakespeare apparently stole up to twenty monologues throughout the canon from as discovered by plagiarism software this week.

NHB 138 - The Fantasy Shakespeare Season Draft II

For this month's Wildcard, we are joined by four of our nearest and dearest to draft five institutional Shakespeare theater seasons from the canon - with each play being pulled from everyone else's board once it is selected. We tried this for the first time back in Episode 90 - so here we go for round two!

Special thanks to our brave and brilliant guests:
Jenn Deon (
Brett Elliott (
Mya Gosling (
Lesley Schisgall Currier (

NHB 137 - There's Small Choice In Rotten Apples

This week, we'll like them apples, explore if there is a second thing to talk about in Midsummer, and await our royalty check from the Silicon Valley Shakespeare Company who just last week put on a 48-hour play festival called ShakesSports, an event with the teaser: "The MacBeths playing hockey? Midsummer Fairies having a hand at a tennis match? King Lear playing quidditch? Our writers will explore what happens when sports gets thrown into a Shakespeare classic." 

NHB 136 - Is't Real That I See

This week we’ll see is’t real, get drummers drumming, and plot how we’re going to squeeze our way into the relationship between Second Sight Spirits and Froghammer Shakespeare, who just collaborated to release a hazelnut liqueur called “Queen Mab” that we don’t understand why we haven’t received a courtesy bottle of yet.