20 Best Shakespeare Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about shakespeare ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best shakespeare podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Shakespeare Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Folger Shakespeare Library: Shakespeare Unlimited

  • Publisher: Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Total Episodes: 174

Home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials. Advancing knowledge and the arts. Discover it all at www.folger.edu. Shakespeare turns up in the most interesting places—not just literature and the stage, but science and social history as well. Our “Shakespeare Unlimited” podcast explores the fascinating and varied connections between Shakespeare, his works, and the world around us.

That Shakespeare Life

  • Publisher: Cassidy Cash
  • Total Episodes: 163

Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.

Chop Bard

  • Publisher: In Your Ear Shakespeare
  • Total Episodes: 219

The show dedicated to revealing the plays of William Shakespeare as tasty entertainment for today’s hungry audience. Be you actor or observer, this show offers a fresh look at some very old goods.

The Play’s the Thing

  • Publisher: CiRCE Podcast Network
  • Total Episodes: 75

The Play’s the Thing is the ultimate podcast resource for lovers of Shakespeare. Dedicating six episodes to each play (one per act, plus a Q&A episode), this podcast explores the themes, scenes, characters, and lines that make Shakespeare so memorable. In the end, we will cover every play The Bard wrote, thus permitting an ongoing contemplation and celebration of the most important writer of all time. Join us.The Play’s the Thing is presented by The CiRCE Podcast Network. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The State of Shakespeare

  • Publisher: The State of Shakespeare
  • Total Episodes: 132

Great Interviews with Great Artists. We’re talking Shakespeare.

Book Cheat

  • Publisher: Do Go On Media
  • Total Episodes: 61

The book club podcast where Dave Warneke has read the book so you don’t have to. Each episode Dave tells two special guests all about a classic novel or play, and by the end of the show, both you and they can pretend you’ve read it. From Austen to Tolstoy, Shakespeare to Hemingway… Devour a classic in a single sitting.

Speak The Speech by Bell Shakespeare

  • Publisher: Bell Shakespeare
  • Total Episodes: 19

Welcome to Speak The Speech; the podcast from Australia’s national theatre company Bell Shakespeare, celebrating some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches with some of our best-known actors, directors and thinkers.

Shakespeare Alive

  • Publisher: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Total Episodes: 19

Theatre professionals, artists, vloggers and other guests from around the world join resident Shakespeare Birthplace Trust experts Paul and Anjna to discuss Shakespeare’s place in the 21st century. We hear about their relationships with Shakespeare in the modern world and take a fresh look at Shakespeare in today’s society.

Don’t Quill the Messenger : Shakespeare Authorship Explored

  • Publisher: Dragon Wagon Radio
  • Total Episodes: 63

Was the name signed to the world’s most famous plays and poems a pseudonym? Was the man from Stratford that history attributed the work to even capable of writing them? Who was Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and is there any chance he was the actual author of those legendary works? Who WAS the writer behind the pen name “William Shakespeare?” Join Steven Sabel of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship as he and his fellow Oxfordians set out to answer all of those questions and many more on Don’t Quill the Messenger!

The Daily Poem

  • Publisher: Goldberry Studios
  • Total Episodes: 516

The Daily Poem offers one essential poem each weekday morning. From Shakespeare and John Donne to Robert Frost and E..E Cummings, The Daily Poem curates a broad and generous audio anthology of the best poetry ever written, read-aloud by David Kern and an assortment of various contributors. Some lite commentary is included and the shorter poems are often read twice, as time permits.The Daily Poem is presented by Goldberry Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Shakespeare@ Home Podcast

  • Publisher: Shakespeare@
  • Total Episodes: 11

Shakespeare@ Home is our new ongoing project of classic drama in ‘radio’ format. Conceived as an homage to the heyday of serialized radio drama of the 1930s and 40s, Shakespeare@ Home delivers our same acclaimed tradition of providing accessible interpretations of classic works for a new audience.


  • Publisher: Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic
  • Total Episodes: 36

Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They’re stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

Protest Too Much

  • Publisher: Stephanie Crugnola
  • Total Episodes: 42

A ‘Shakespeare Showdown’ podcast that pits host Stephanie Crugnola against a different guest each week! They’ll battle ‘best of’s in Shakespeare’s canon and listeners get to vote on the winner!

Shakespeare Sundays with Chop Bard

  • Publisher: Ehren Ziegler: Actor, Artist, Shakespeare enthusiast
  • Total Episodes: 129

Shakespeare Sundays with Chop Bard, is a practical, and enthusiastic exploration of William Shakespeare’s work. Each episode will take on a single subject taken from his words, lines, poetry, themes, or resources, in order to better understand them, and find out what use can be made of them.

The Shakespeare Sessions

  • Publisher: BBC Radio 3
  • Total Episodes: 25

Your one-stop shop for all things Shakespeare. Catch A-List casts in brand new versions of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, plus documentaries from the brightest minds.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

  • Publisher: Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Total Episodes: 78

The official podcast of The Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Hardcore Literature

  • Publisher: Benjamin McEvoy
  • Total Episodes: 43

Welcome to your new favourite book club. If you enjoy deep dives into the greatest books ever written, you will love Hardcore Literature. Provocative poems, evocative epics, and life-changing literary analyses. We don’t just read the great books – we live them. Together we’ll suck the marrow out of Shakespeare, Homer, and Tolstoy. We’ll relish the most moving art ever committed to the page and stage from every age. Join us on the reading adventure of a lifetime.

The RC Podcast

  • Publisher: UM LSA Residential College
  • Total Episodes: 32

The everything-RC podcast. Tune in for updates from our students, faculty and staff on the awesome and often offbeat things happening in East Quad and beyond. From Shakespeare in the Arb to alumni publishing projects to student social justice activities, the U-M Residential College and its people are different, never diffident.

The Secret Life of Writers by Tablo

  • Publisher: Jemma Birrell, Tablo Publishing
  • Total Episodes: 26

The Secret Life of Writers is a series of rambling conversations with some of the world’s most interesting and visionary writers and creative icons about how they got where they are, what they’re working on now, and how they balance art and life. These warm and personal interviews take you behind-the-scenes of the writing world. Hosted by Jemma Birrell, formerly of the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and now the Creative Director at Tablo. Subscribe to hear a new episode every second Thursday. For writers, readers and anyone who loves great life stories.

Podcast Shakespeare

  • Publisher: Pod Shakespeare
  • Total Episodes: 32

A listening tour through 450 years of Shakespeare – on stage, in history, in our culture, and in person.

David Friedland

Bit of a gear addict.

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