Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life

Theatre (new writing, historical)

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  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly-wed wife, Anne. However, something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words that none, other than he, is able to find. As he starts to follow these dreams, life takes him on a journey from gentle nights in high castles to bawdy brawls in country taverns. Using poetry, music and improvised dance, our play tells the story of how Will became William Shakespeare in a physical, fresh and poignant way.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: 16 Stone Steps down to the Studio.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Deirdre Gossage 87 days ago

Absolutely loved this. It was a wonderful piece of writing delivered by a skilled and talented cast with laughter and tears. Perfect!

Julia & Iain 87 days ago

Excellent, excellent show! We were thrilled to learn more about Shakespeare's life in a beautifully crafted, moving and fun way!

Jane Ridder-Patrick 89 days ago

Vibrant, intelligent, exciting, this is a cleverly written and beautifully enacted production. Theatre at its lively moving and spontaneous best. I loved it and clearly so did the rest of the audience. Highly recommended!

Elnora Blakeslee 91 days ago

Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life was captivating. The company of five actors are hugely talented, and Sam Veck breathes such life into Will that you cant help but want to follow his story from the very first moment. From charming rogueishness to complete vulnerability, he is a joy to watch. The production is beautifully performed and fits perfectly with the style of a traditional Shakespeare play, from the costumes to the sparse but fitting props. Victoria Baumgartner's script weaves Shakespeare's words into the story seamlessly, and the energy of the cast pulls the audience along as the story drives through laughter, tears, and action. It is exactly the sort of play Shakespeare would've enjoyed.

Eileen 93 days ago

This is - without doubt - nothing less than a spectacular treat. The cast are phenomenal - such energy and passion. It is beautifully written, directed and performed. It takes you on a roller coaster journey. You laugh, cry and are moved, whilst sharing one amazing journey through Will's young beginnings. It is absolutely the best theatre we've seen at the fringe - and one to definitely to catch at the fringe - and one to look out for in the future too. Go experience this amazing group of dedicated actors!

Faris Alraddadi 94 days ago

tl;dr a must see

Amidst the myriad of shows at the fringe 2019, "Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life" stands out as one of the greatest shows with great writing, directing, and execution! You don't wanna miss it. It'll surely exceed your expectations! If you can only afford to watch one show, whether it's due to money or time constrain, I'd highly recommend picking this show.

Hoping to see the crew again next year :D

Sarah Rauchas 96 days ago

I saw this this afternoon, with my sometimes less-than-theatrical partner. (My polite way of saying that he doesn't always like live shows.) We both absolutely loved it, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! One of my highlights of the Fringe.

Hugely talented cast and crew. It has everything; emotion, action, excitement, laughter, tears, love and tenderness. And some amazing physical scenes. The whole production is fabulously honed, from the choice of music, to the costumes, to the story and the words, to the sparse and perfect props, to the give-it-all energy of the cast.

Go see it. And take your friends.

Wade Ablitt 96 days ago

A hidden gem of a show that is creatively written and masterfully performed by 5 multi-talented performers. Perfect venue for the piece and although it is slightly out of the way it is well worth the trip. Fringe theatre at it's finest!

Mary Bauckham 97 days ago

Amazing show! This show is a bit of a walk away, but so worth the trip. The acting and energy are superb; the cast relate very well to the audience without overdoing it; and it’s just a joy to watch. Don’t miss it!

Gillian Nelson 98 days ago

Had the pleasure of watching this show on their first fringe appearance. Wow. Incredibly talented and the storytelling was first class. Beautifully poignant and so worth the time.


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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

“England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare (Sam Veck) is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly-wed wife, Anne (Victoria Baumgartner). However, something’s missing.”“If only your words could change the course of time.” And here it does. If you are expecting some dry,...

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