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Shakespeare, the savvy, street-wise actor, and Marlowe, the educated, brilliant writer, each has his own dark secrets, aspirations, and singular approach to life and love. But they are bonded forever when caught in a web of political intrigue, corruption, and, ultimately, brutal murder.
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Shakespeare, the savvy, street-wise actor, and Marlowe, the educated, brilliant writer, each has his own dark secrets, aspirations, and singular approach to life and love. But they are bonded forever when caught in a web of political intrigue, corruption, and, ultimately, brutal murder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905202089
  • Publisher: Bewrite Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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GRAEME JOHNSTONE had a very successful career in journalism as an editor, sub-editor, reporter, columnist and feature writer on daily newspapers and national magazines in Australia and London. For seven years he amused, intrigued and occasionally outraged his readers at breakfast each morning, writing ‘A Place In The Sun’ for the world’s largest per capita circulation newspaper, the Melbourne Herald-Sun. Now he simply calls himself a Wordsmith, and from a studio near his home works on a variety of creative projects, including books, scripts and musicals.

The Concept:

KEVIN HEENEY was educated by the Jesuits at Xavier College, Melbourne, sparking a life-long fascination with the life and times of William Shakespeare. He travelled the world, at one stage living in Hollywood behind Grumman’s Chinese Theatre, and working on the Stock Exchange in Canada. He has promoted dance bands and managed the magnificent Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat, one of Australia’s longest surviving theatres and best live performance locations. Under his management, talent such as internationally-renowned comedian Barry Humphries appeared.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    The Playmakers

    Any reader will find this an intriguing and well told tale about Elizabethan England and the men who held power of life and death over the ordinary citizen. It was a time when men were burned a tthe stake or beheaded for the crime of daring to think original thoughts, particularly about religion. Spies were everywhere and their word, whether false or true, could bring ruin and death to their chosen victims. It was in this same time when the fledgling theater was taking its form and drawing to itself, writers and thinkers of the day. While it rewarded them with fame, it could also bring their death. Patronage by powerful men was no guarantee of safety as Christopher Marlowe, author of plays like Tambourlaine and Doctor Faustus, learned when his friend Thomas Kett was burned at the stake and another friend, Thomas Kyd, was tortured to force him to accuse Marlowe of athiesm, a charge that would bring him before THe Star Chamber where a trial with foregone conclusions would bring him to the executioner. Marlowe had involved himself with William Shakespear, an up and coming theater producer, at the time he was charged with being an athiest. Marlowe's patron, Walsingham, concocts a plot to save Marlowe and let him continue to write plays. That plot requires the cooperation of Shakespeare. Thus, two levels of Playmakers are working toward their own ends in this great tale of who really wrote what plays. A great visit to a past both admired and reviled, filled with characters you will know from reading history, but they step off the page in The Playmakers. Highly recommended for something different and a very satisfying read. Enjoy. I sure did.

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