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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

From The Archives: Shakespeare's 450th

On the 450th anniversary of the birth of the language's greatest writer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the work of William Shakespeare. 

In 2005, the Blackfriars Stage Company brought their tour to New Hampshire. We welcomed two actos from the company to our studios to speak with the Front Porch. Alyssa Wilmoth and Tyler Moss were playing Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and they gave us a little taste of their craft; from Act 1, Scene 1.

Here is a scene from Act 4 where the two characters explore different feelings.

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Originally broadcast 10/17/2005.

Over the years, Word of Mouth has reported on several interesting takes of the Bard's work...including four goodly men from Portland, Oregon presenting the Metal Shakespeare Company. In songs like “To Bleed or Not to Bleed,” the group combines the hard driving music of Motley Crue with the poetry of the Shakespeare. The group’s singer and guitarist, Jason Simms, aka Lord Simms, joined host Virginia Prescott for some iambic shredding.

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Originally broadcast 7/29/2009.

Violence abounds in Shakespeare's plays, and while some of the more graphic scenes happen off-stage (Lear gouging his own eyes, Ophelia throwing herself in the river Cornwall gouging out Gloucester's eyes in King Lear, and Hamlet's unfortunate Ophelia drowning in the river) there is plenty that happens onstage to fill a novel, even a graphic novel. in 2009, Virginia spoke with Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, the creative force behind such a book titled "Kill Shakespeare. They discuss how it brings together The Bard's most beloved heroes and most treacherous villains, all in search of a reclusive wizard - William Shakespeare himself. 

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Originally broadcast 12/16/10.

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