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Ben Jonson’s Eulogy to William Shakespeare (First Folio, 1623)


Blank Verse

Blank Verse is a webseries about William Shakespeare and the great writers of his time, re-imagined as modern day university students.  Inspired by Hollywood darling Chris Marlowe, Shakespeare comes to Bankside University to become a famous writer, but struggles to understand just what that means. Throughout the series he is constantly challenged by his best friend, the optimistic and wide-eyed Ben Jonson, to re-define his expectations and strive to be the greatest writer of this generation.

Featuring famous Elizabethan playwrights such as Chris Marlowe, Ben Jonson and Thomas Kyd, the series takes the historical events and context in which Shakespeare produced his famous works and throws them into the contemporary world. What would it be like if Shakespeare had not existed until now? How do we define greatness in our modern culture? Who is William Shakespeare?

Season one of this weekly webseries premiered on August 25, 2013 and aired every Sunday until December 29th. Full playlist of Season one can be found on the blankversetv youtube channel: Playlist .


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Watch Blank Verse: The Webseries - Full List of Episodes available on the episodes page

Watch our Trailer for Ben Jonson’s Vlog and check out full episodes of this Blank Verse spin-off now available HERE


                              Ben Jonson’s Vlog

Ben Jonson

Emma Middleton as Benjamina Jonson.
Photo by Gaelan Beatty.
Hair and Makeup Stacia Daley
Costume Design Laura Fukumoto

Ben Jonson’s Vlog is a stand alone spin-off from Blank Verse, featuring Benjamina Jonson. Picking up a few months after the events of Season 1, Ben’s Vlog will deal with Ben’s emotional state after the loss of her friend and find her on a journey of self discovery and creation. The vlog will run every Tuesday and Friday from March 25, 2014 – May 2, 2014 and will bring back some familiar faces from Blank Verse, as well as introduce us to new characters that will shape Ben’s Journey.