SHAKESPEARE’S WILL | 18 Mar to 3 Apr 2010, Clywd Theatr Cymru, Mold

March 4, 2010


Director: Emma Lucia Designer: Mark Bailey

Composer: Julian Marshall Lighting: Nick Beadle

“Fear no more the heat o’th’ sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages.
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone and ta’en thy wages.
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”
Cymbeline Act IV, Sc. II

It is the day of William Shakespeare’s funeral in 1616. The burial over, mourners have gone and Anne Hathaway awaits the visit of her sister-in-law Joan to read the will. In the hour before she comes, Anne looks back on her relationship with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s Will examines the life of the enigmatic Anne; courtship and young love, the children – Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, romantic passions and the trials of separation after her husband leaves Stratford to seek success in London.

Shakespeare’s Will is both a beautifully imagined portrait of a marriage and a poetic insight into the life of one of history’s silent women.

Shakespeare’s Will by Vern Thiessen, one of Canada’s leading playwrights, was first produced in 2005 and has been critically acclaimed in North America. Clwyd Theatr Cymru presents the British première, directed by Emma Lucia and performed by Vivien Parry.



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