Will Shakespeare

Will Shakespeare

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Cast: Tim Curry, Ian McShane

     
 
Written by the prolific John Mortimer, the British drama series Will Shakespeare focused on the Bard of Avon's formative years. Deftly mixing fact with fancy, the story concentrates on such elements as the marriage of young Will (played by Tim Curry, no less) to the older and more affluent Anne Hathaway

Overview

Written by the prolific John Mortimer, the British drama series Will Shakespeare focused on the Bard of Avon's formative years. Deftly mixing fact with fancy, the story concentrates on such elements as the marriage of young Will (played by Tim Curry, no less) to the older and more affluent Anne Hathaway (Meg Wynn Owen) and his hot-and-cold relationship with rival playwright Christopher Marlowe (Ian McShane). Andre Morell provided an amusing turn as Shakespearean actor Edward Alleyn, while Patience Collier was seen as the playwright's erstwhile patron Queen Elizabeth. The six episodes comprising Will Shakespeare were first broadcast from June 13 to July 18, 1978.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
UPC:
0733961712896
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
5:00:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Will Shakespeare
1. Act I [:12]
2. Act II [15:48]
3. Act III [9:28]
4. Act IV [8:17]
5. Credits [14:44]
Disc #2 -- Will Shakespeare
1. Act I [16:28]
2. Act II [16:26]
3. Act III [4:51]
4. Act IV [10:47]
5. Credits [1:44]

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Sphinxvictorian More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful introduction to William Shakespeare's life, as much as we know of it. Dramatic license is taken all over the place, but then what else can a biographical series about Shakespeare do? But this one hits all the major points that we feel we definitely know about Shakespeare. His life in London as an actor and playwright, his bad relationship with his wife, the Earl of Southampton and his influence on Will, the death of Christopher Marlowe, the Dark Lady -- it's all there, presented very pointedly. When I first saw this series listed in a catalog, I was excited, Shakespeare fanatic that I am. I was a little concerned about the casting of Tim Curry, although he looked wonderful in the pictures I'd seen from it. It being a BBC series that had never made it to the US, I hadn't seen it. So I finally picked it up here on B&N, and watched it straight through, and I have to say I was really impressed. The casting was marvellous and Curry toned down his often over-the-top acting and made me really believe he was our beloved Will. It's from 1978, so there is that British indoor/outdoor difference in video quality, but it's not distracting in the least. And they give a wonderful evocation of Renaissance London, a little more down and dirty than that of Shakespeare in Love. There is much foreshadowing of certain events, including the death of Hamnet, his son. But the scenes back in his home in Stratford with Anne are very well done, less cliched than they might have been. As for the Southampton plot, there is just the hint of homoeroticism, but nothing blatant. The recreation of the Theatre and the Globe are very rudimentary, but they give a good sense of how that world worked, and how Will fit into it. So all in all, I do recommend this series as a perfect dramatic introduction to the life of Will Shakespeare. The acting is superb, costumes, settings, and period authenticity in general are very good, and the biography is as thorough as anyone can make of Shakespeare. I would suggest possibly also following it with a good documentary on Shakespeare, like In Search of Shakespeare with Michael Wood or the biography of Shakespeare by Stanley Wells.
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