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Video: James Shapiro

Video: James Shapiro

Watch the author introduce his new book, 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Posted on 1st October 2015 by Sally Campbell

James Shapiro didn’t enjoy Shakespeare in School. And he didn’t study Shakespeare at university. But he became completely transfixed after he watched - at first a few, and then hundreds of - Shakespeare plays at London’s West End. This was the beginning of decades spent immersing himself in every detail of what day to day life would have been like for a Jacobean playwright like Shakespeare.

Watch him give an introduction to his new book, 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, the follow up to 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: