In Search of Shakespeare

In Search of Shakespeare

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Director: Michael Wood

Cast: Michael Wood

     
 

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Episode one, In Search of Shakespeare: A Time of Revolution, begins in 16th century England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. William Shakespeare is born to a wealthy family and receives a decent education. During his teenage years, his family is persecuted for believing in the Pope under the Queen's strictly Protestant rule. Forced to go to work and leave

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Episode one, In Search of Shakespeare: A Time of Revolution, begins in 16th century England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. William Shakespeare is born to a wealthy family and receives a decent education. During his teenage years, his family is persecuted for believing in the Pope under the Queen's strictly Protestant rule. Forced to go to work and leave school, Shakespeare becomes a father and a husband at the age of 18. He writes a love poem to his wife, which would become his first known work. His family's trouble with the Protestants escalates, leading to a feud with the wealthy Lucy family. This episode premiered on PBS in February of 2004.Episode two, In Search of Shakespeare: The Lost Years, focuses on the controversial time period between William Shakespeare's marriage at 18 and his emergence as a prominent writer at age 28. The only concrete facts about this time are that his three children were born and his contemporary rival Christopher Marlowe was killed. Presenter Michael Wood examines the various theories of Shakespeare's whereabouts. In Lancashire, it is believed he lived with a Catholic family. Tudor maps and Victorian photographs point to his first London neighborhood. Other evidence suggests he was a member of the Queen's Men, a company of actors working for Elizabeth's Protestant propaganda. The Royal Shakespeare Company also performs some early works. This episode premiered on PBS in February of 2004.Episode three, In Search of Shakespeare: The Duty of Poets, chronicles William Shakespeare's rise to fame in 1590s England. He rejects his religious affiliations, receives patronage from the Earl of Southampton, and completes Romeo and Juliet. While at the height of his career, he also suffers some great losses. His only son, Hamnet, dies at the age of 11, and his company gets kicked out of their theater. During this time, he also gets involved in numerous extramarital affairs and gets summoned to appear in court. Undaunted, Shakespeare participates in the building of the famous Globe Theatre in Southwark, London. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs Othello in Leicester Guildhall. Episode three premiered on PBS in February of 2004.Episode four, In Search of Shakespeare: For All Time, concludes the story of William Shakespeare's life during the reign of King James I, the son of Mary Queen of Scots. Due to political paranoia and fear in London leading to the English Civil War, Shakespeare writes Macbeth. Back home in Stratford, he returns to his family's area for the wedding of his daughter Susanna. He retires in a house next to his company's first indoor theater, the Blackfriars. He finished his final play King Henry VIII in 1612. However, his own will is often seen as a strange riddle in itself. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs King Lear, starring Julian Glover. This episode premiered on PBS in February of 2004.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
UPC:
0794054904420
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
4:00:00

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Michael Wood Narrator

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