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Was Shakespeare Gay?

In the seventh episode of Let's Talk Shakespeare we ask "Was Shakespeare Gay?"

Jennifer Reid

This is a really big question that people have written a great deal about, so this episode  acts as a sort of summary of some of the arguments for and against Shakespeare being gay.  To answer this question we have to think about the nature of friendships and sexuality and self identification of those things in Shakespeare time, as well as looking at evidence from this text, in particular the sonnets.

Image: Dedication in Shakespeare's Sonnets, discussed in this episode.

This weeks guests are:

- Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute
- Dr Elizabeth Dollimore, Outreach and Primary Learning Manager at the SBT
- Professor Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the SBT
- Greg Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company 

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