or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life
The play tells the story of how a young man will become the poet William Shakespeare. It is bursting with echoes to his future works, as well as modern music and free dance, in-between fantasies and reality. Performed by five multifaceted actors, Will is a physical, lively and poignant piece that has been produced in 2 languages, has toured in 3 countries with 4 different casts, counting more than 50 performances to date. It has been nominated for two Offies - Off West End Awards (Best Director, Best Supporting Male in a Play), and has had rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.
England, 1582. The young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newlywed wife, Anne. But something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words no one is able to find. As he starts following these dreams, life takes him on a journey, from under the protection of an immensely rich Lord to nights in taverns with travelling players. But Elizabethan England is not an easy place to thrive, and the world's stage has more than one surprise in store for him…
Vibrant, intelligent, exciting, this is a cleverly written and beautifully enacted production. Theatre at its lively moving and spontaneous best. I loved it and clearly so did the rest of the audience. Highly recommended!
A tender love letter to Shakespeare.
A lovingly crafted vision of one man's quest for purpose. Filled with romance, wit, heartbreak, grief,
passion and a much-mocked obsession with Ovid, Will is a wonderfully thoughtful and moving re-imagining of
Shakespeare's so-called lost years.
Dr. Anjna Chouhan,
Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
Cast & Creatives
Writer & Director Victoria Baumgartner
Costumes Karolina Luisoni
PR & Communications Noémy Menyhart
Assistant Director Ruth Hunduma / Elodie Miserez
Photography Marie Lauria / Julien James Auzan / Kieran Taylord-Ford
Trailer La Paire de Cerises
Will Shakespeare Sam Veck
Anne Hathaway-Shakespeare Katherine Moran
Olivia Burbage Beatrice Lawrence / Charlie Mackellar
Richard Burbage Ronnie Yorke / Xavier Loira / Kieran Taylor-Ford
Earl of Southampton / Kit Marlowe / Gravedigger Charlie Woodward / Jack Spencer
With the generous support of
The Swiss Authors' Society
The City of Lausanne, Switzerland
The Swiss Cultural Fund UK - Swiss Embassy in the UK
Co-Productions with the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival and Unfolds Theatre
And all our Kickstarter campaign supporters Adrian Fernandez, Alexandra Cottier, Alexis Michalik, Alma Gudzevic, André Gurtner, Anna Rumball, Antony Weeks, Aude Bourrier, Bertil & Marie Cottier, Blaise Bersinger, Brian Benacloche, Camille Mottier, Caroline Genolet, Charlotte Scobie, Chris Hemmens, Cynthia Benassi, Donatella Gabrielli, Fanny Comba, Florent & Marie Carbone, George Veck, Gergely Odor, Gillian Barmes, Hazel Veck, Hélène LaGrotteria, Isabelle Munyankindi, Hon. Prof. Jacques Dubochet, Jade Andrey, Jean-Claude Sauthier, Joe Evans
Joseph Veck, Juliette Genolet, Kate Maravan, Katherine Moran, Kickstarter, Laura Beer, Léa Fanchon, Luca Da Pare, Lyudmyla Dutruel, Marine Spalletta, Mélanie Carrel, Melissa Allcock, Nicole & Hans Baumgartner, Nina Babayan, Olivier Maillard, Olly Bovay, Peter Hevoud, Pierre Fankhauser, Pierre Magnenat, Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Prof. Kevin Curran, Raphaël Braunschweig, Sara Dominguez, Sarah Emmerson Morley, Sébastien Rey, Sergio Mendolia, Sofia Armella, Stefanie Ginster, Susan Morris, Svitlana & Pierre Willi, Sylvie Stefanelli, The Creative Fund by Backer Kit, Thomas Wiesel, Tibor Menyhart, Trish and Steve Down, Valérie Boujon, Vera Presas, Veronika Mendiola, Vitaliy Nedelko, Zelda Chauvet & all those who wished to remain anonymous.