13-16 June 2024

15 Jun 2024

James Shapiro: Shakespeare in America

The plays of William Shakespeare are rare common ground in the United States. For well over two centuries, Americans of all stripes — presidents and activists, soldiers and writers, conservatives and liberals alike — have turned to Shakespeare’s works to explore the nation’s fault lines. What can Shakespeare, as relevant now as he was 400 years ago, tell us about America’s past and present? Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro sits down with Fintan O’Toole.

James Shapiro with Fintan O’Toole