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Shakespeare's Will

Shakespeare's Will

By Vern Thiessen
Subjects: Solo Shows, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Shakespeare, Death, Grief & Loss, Family Life, Marriage & Divorce
Casting: 1 f
Duration: 90 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887547690, 90 pages, June 2007
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103253, June 2007
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103260, June 2007


An exploration of one of the most silent characters in history: Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.

The play sheds light on unexplored aspects of Hathaway's life by looking through the eyes and heart of the woman who spent a lifetime with—and without—the great poet. This work is the celebration of a life unbowed by tragedy and unapologetic in the face of public scorn.


"...perceptive and beautifully written… when the text is as good as Thiessen's… you need little else besides."

- The Globe and Mail

"Masterful. In theatre… it's rare that you get something that is unequivocally, indisputably great… Every so often something comes along that deserves to be gushed about. The hardest thing about reviewing it… is figuring out where to begin praising it..."

- Vue Weekly

"...Thiessen has invented a complete life with tasteful imagination… The result is always gripping, frequently hilarious and ultimately very moving."

- Toronto Star

"Strongly poetic… meticulously crafted, exquisitely nuanced..."

- Edmonton Sun