CBEPlogoA look at how to speak the speech, with a natural, balanced voice, and not bore the audience.

Mark Antony
Act 3, Scene 1 of Julies Caesar

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,–
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue–
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.


H5_logoHenry V 5.0 – 5.2  –  The battle of Agincourt may be over, but Henry has yet to face his greatest challenge: Winning the heart of Katherine of France.

Alan Cumming, The Head That Wears A Crown

  • Ostent display
  • Plebeians common people
  • Qualmish nauseated
  • Victuals food
  • Avouch uphold
  • Deracinate wipe out
  • Incorporate united

H5_logoHenry V 4.7 – 4.8  – Time to end the bloody battle, count the dead, and bring out the gloves.

National Theatre Live: King Lear

Complete Works



  • Skirr scurry
  • Yerk kick
  • Craven coward
  • Arrant thoroughgoing
  • ‘sblood God’s blood
  • Non nobis Psalm 115
  • Te Deum hym of thanksgiving

H5_logoHenry V 4.2 – 4.6 – Sunrise on Saint Crispin’s day. Time to start the bloody battle!

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel




  • Dout extinguish
  • Hilding base
  • Sonance sound
  • Enow enough
  • Slovenry untidiness
  • Vaward vanguard
  • Raught reached
  • Alarum call to arms

H5_logoHenry V 4.1 – We take a late-night, early-morning stroll with Henry, to clear our heads. No sleep ’til Agincourt!


  • Slough skin
  • Legerity nimbleness
  • Peradventure perhaps
  • enow enough
  • Flexure bowing
  • Wots knows

H5_logoHenry V 3.7, 4.0 – In the long hours before battle, the French boast and play at wits, while the English contemplate their doom.

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

  • Lief gladly
  • Stilly softly
  • Paly pale



H5_logoKatherine learns English, and the French vent their fury, while Henry and his army limp along toward Calais.

What Makes a Great Shakespearean?

Globe to Globe Hamlet


Serpent of Venice

  • Sur-reined hard-ridden
  • Pennons banners
  • Sink cesspool
  • Buxom lively



CBEPlogoThis is the episode where we celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Music: Divertissement by Kevin MacLeod (


H5_logoHenry V 3.2, 3.3 –  Some will shirk, while others fight, as the siege of Harfleur comes to an end.

Richmond Shakespeare Festival

  • Cullions rascals/testicales
  • Bawcock fine fellow
  • Lenity mildness
  • Chuck term of endearment
  • Swashers blustering braggarts
  • Antics bafoons



CBEPlogoDo you have a favorite, line, speech, soliloquy, monologue, sonnet, or whatnot?
Would love to share it?

If so, we have need of them!
Chop Bard is putting together a special episode to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, on April 23rd. It will consist of people reading their favorite pieces from Shakespeare.

If you, or someone you know is interested: please record your reading* and send it to

We looking forward to hearing them!

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Unless otherwise approved by the reader, all recordings will be for this one time specific celebration use.

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