“I have always wanted that which I cannot have”
A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston
When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour, her husband chooses to stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller, based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613.
A powerful exposé of the contradiction between human desire and social convention which seeks to repress it, Peter Whelan’s moving and uplifting play provides a beautiful evocation of life in Shakespearian England. It was first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway.
|Age:||Recommended for ages 12+|
|Duration:||approx 145min (including interval)|
"THIS PLAY WAS EXCELLENT AND I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND IT"
"CAREFUL RESPECT OF PERIOD COMBINES WITH UNIVERSAL RECOGNIZABLE HUMANITY IN A TIGHT, INSTINCTIVELY CONNECTED ENSEMBLE
"ITS PLEASURES ARE SUBTLE, AND QUITE BEAUTIFUL"
"A SENSITIVE, WELL-WRITTEN AND BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PIECE OF THEATRE"
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“THIS IS A LOVELY, COMPASSIONATE PLAY FULL OF OLD-FASHIONED VIRTUES AND IT GETS A PRODUCTION TO MATCH ITS FILIGREE DELICACY IN JAMES DACRE’S REVIVAL”
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“A BEAUTIFULLY ACCOMPLISHED REVIVAL… IT’D BE A SCANDAL TO MISS THIS”
"A REMARKABLE PRODUCTION OF A REMARKABLE PLAY"
"A LUMINOUS LABOUR OF LOVE"
"WELL-CRAFTED... THE ACTING, TOO, IS TAUT"
"MIXES FULL-BLOODED EMOTION WITH HIGH-STAKES INTELLECTUAL DEBATE"
Bishop, Parry of Worcester
Jonathan Guy Lewis
With original music by: