|Season 2, Episode 20|
|Air date||April 27, 2001|
|Written by||Sean Kelly|
|Directed by||Ted May|
Episode 49: But, Mama, But...
Episode 51: Rats
Dreaming Shakespeare is the twentieth episode of Season 2 of Between the Lions, and episode 50 in total.
Everyone in the library celebrates Shakespeare Day, a tribute to the many works of the Bard. The Information Hen is the only one not celebrating, completely unaware of who Shakespeare was. This proves problematic for her, as she is chosen to star in a re-enactment of "Romeo and Juliet".
Segments and Songs
- Martha Reader and The Vowelles heat it up with the "e" sound by the letters "E-A" in "meat". (with crowd cheering and applause) (EKA: Teacher's Pet)
- Swami Marmy: Tea Leaves
- Balloons: tea, ea, pea, peak, pea, peal, seal
- Moby Duck: Beasley the really white seal
- What's Your Name?: The Letters E-A or the Long E (EKA: Teacher's Pet)
- Barnaby Busterfield and the Pigeons: it must be dream
- Replaced Letter Songs: A Young Seal Had a Dream (EKA: Teacher's Pet)
- Stage: cream, seam, sea, seat, eat, meat
- What's Cooking? with Theo and Cleo: Steam-Cleaned Meat Treat with No Pea Pods and No Peach Pits
- Two words from Hollywood star Ms. Roma Downey: easy and easiest
- Barnaby Busterfield and William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; illustrated by Michael K. Frith
Notes and Trivia
- Fred Newman appears as a jester. Most likely because he was in the library segments, which meant he was spending more time with that.
- This is the first time of the episode without Fred Says and Gawain's Word.
- There's a Fred Says: squeak segment in a deleted scene.
- This is the second time where the illustrated by series co-creator Michael K. Frith, the first is Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-boom!.
- Roma Downey was acting as Monica on the TV series Touched by an Angel at the time of this guest appearance.
- Anthony Asbury makes a live appearance in this episode as "Sir Anthony of Asbury."
- This episode was released on VHS on October 30, 2001, along with it's 24 other episodes. They are:
- Episode 1: The Sad Dad
- Episode 2: Humph! Humph! Humph!
- Episode 3: The Good Seed
- Episode 4: Icarus's Wings
- Episode 5: Zoop! Zoop!
- Episode 6: Clickety-Clack, Clickety-Clack!
- Episode 7: Poetry Day
- Episode 8: Bobby the Hopping Robot
- Episode 9: Teacher's Pet
- Episode 10: The Last Cliff Hanger
- Episode 11: Pebble Trouble
- Episode 12: Oh, Yes, It Can!
- Episode 13: Five, Six, and Thistle Sticks
- Episode 14: Bug Beard
- Episode 15: Trains and Brains and Rainy Plains
- Episode 16: Quest, Quest, Quest!
- Episode 17: The Spider and the Lie
- Episode 18: Why the Baboon's Balloon Went Ka-boom!
- Episode 19: But, Mama, But...
- Episode 21: Rats
- Episode 22: Tweet! Tweet!
- Episode 23: Good Night, Knight!
- Episode 24: The Chess Mess
- Episode 25: Stop That Chicken!
- This episode was never released on reprint VHS on October 1, 2002, nor was it released on the Season 2 DVD Boxset on September 2, 2008.
- This episode was released on reprint VHS on April 26, 2005, along with The Good Seed.
- This episode was rarely aired after its official broadcast date on PBS. The last time this episode ever aired on PBS was sometime in June 2005.
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