The Man Who Wrote Shakespeare, by playwright David Cronin, is an acclaimed play exploring the centuries-old question of whether 'The Bard' really was the world's greatest dramatist!
Cleverly blending fiction with fact, The Man Who Wrote Shakespeare proposes that the true author who wrote under the pseudonym Shakespeare was in fact a prominent and popular figure: leader of the opposition in parliament, ambassador to France, and a successful businessman. And while such a colourful life fits the written works like a glove, the real question is, can the truth supplant a story supported purely by belief?
The Man Who Wrote Shakespeare is set in the Tower of London, where our writer is awaiting his fate. It is during these long arduous years that Hamlet and other plays are written in the shadow of the executioner's axe.
This was the trauma that caused a radical shift in our 'greatest' writer, who went from writing histories and comedies to tragedies, and finally to healing and redemption through 'problem' plays and 'romances.'
Cronin notes "With the true author identified, I invite you to revel in revisiting and enjoying once again these wonderful words we all agree will continue to thrill us, and many more to come."
What the critics say: "Russell Starke totally inhabits the character of the Bard. Emily-Jo Davidson nails every character, linking most scenes with song and lute accompaniment. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I is a standout - witty and acerbic. Charles Herkes plays a wide range of characters, changing his character as rapidly as his costumes. His final scene with Henry is intense and a highlight." Barry Hill, www.stagewhispers.com.au
Star Theatre Two at Star Theatres, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton, SA, 5033:
Fri 19 Feb - Sun 21 Feb: 7:30pm
Fri 5 Mar - Sun 7 Mar: 6:30pm
Sat 20 Mar: 8pm
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Fri 19th Mar: 7:30pm. Tickets at Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre.