Ian McKellen is the cover star of Shakespeare Magazine Issue 13. The great man talks about the challenges of playing King Lear, while Fiona Shaw explains Katherine from Taming of the Shrew and Patrick Stewart discusses Shylock. Also this issue, we look at the TV series that portrayed Shakespeare as a punk, and we delve into the sometimes horrific medical treatments of Shakespeare’s day. Graham Holderness tells us about The Faith of William Shakespeare, while Jem Bloomfield investigates Shakespeare and the Psalms Mystery. We also have excellent interviews with Sam White of Shakespeare in Detroit and Mya Gosling of Good tickle Brain. Not forgetting our round-up of recent Shakespeare books and our essential guide to studying Shakespeare!