Our Manifesto

We are a theatre company creating shows around the life, times and works of William Shakespeare.
We offer a wide range of workshops, because we believe that making Shakespeare accessible to anyone, anywhere, is of the utmost importance.
We are based in London and tour internationally.

Our work is poetic.
We love words, their sound, their rhythm, their meaning and their origins.

Our work is poignant.
Filled with comedy, tragedy, history and mystery, our plays will take you on an adventure!

Our work is provocative.
We use free movement, most of which is improvised every night, because we think that Shakespeare should be a workout, and that the body intelligence can help us access deeper emotions.

We believe that Shakespeare is where the common emotional heritage of humanity can be experienced. We want to bring you closer to it.

Artistic Director (Writer, Director)

 Executive Producer

Victoria Baumgartner

Victoria is a Swiss-Ukrainian writer and director who has been studying and staging Shakespeare for ten years. She has written and directed several plays inspired by the Bard’s universe, aimed at curious and specialized audiences alike. She has an MA of Arts and Literature (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) with a specialization in Shakespearean studies, as well as a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Directing and Dramaturgy and training from LAMDA (London) and the Authentic Artist Collective (Kath Burlinson, UK).

Her work has been performed across Europe in three languages, and supported both by the Swiss Embassy in the UK’s Cultural Fund and Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Switzerland. For her play Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life, she has received an Offies – Off West End Awards (London) nomination for Best Director, as well as a national writing bursary from the SSA (Swiss Author’s Society). She has been teaching Acting Shakespeare all over Europe for all levels, and more recently at Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and at East15 Drama School in London.

Theatre credits as Writer & Director include: Verona (Theater Tri-Bühne, Stuttgart, Germany), Judith & Hamnet (Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, Switzerland / European Tour), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Rose Playhouse, London, UK / European Tour), Will ou Huit années perdues de la vie du jeune William Shakespeare (Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, Switzerland / Swiss Tour), A l’aube du quatrième jour (short) (Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne, Switzerland / Swiss Tour).

Theatre & opera credits as Assistant Director include: La comédie des erreurs (Dir. Matthias Urban, Théâtre Kléber-Méleau, Lausanne, Switzerland), Acis & Galatea (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Théâtre Equilibre, Fribourg, Switzerland), Teenage Bodies – Membra Jesu Nostri (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Swiss & UK Tour), Three Sisters (Dir. Eric Devanthéry, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, Switzerland), Twelfth Night (Dir. Eric Devanthéry, Théâtre Pitoëff, Geneva, Switzerland), Snow White (Dir. Julien Chavaz, Maestro Jérôme Kuhn, Théâtre Nuithonie, Fribourg, Switzerland).

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Charlie Mackellar

Charlie is an actress and singer from Cornwall, who graduated from University Centre Colchester with a first-class degree in Musical Theatre. During her training she worked on the hospitality management team for Mercury Theatre, Colchester, whilst working Front of House there as well. She also created and ran a successful online store selling hand-crafted musical theatre prints during this time. Since graduating Charlie became an entertainment host onboard three of Brittany Ferries boats, travelling across Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.

She received the Al Hodge award for Musical Excellence and has a post-grade 8 certificate in Musical Theatre Singing (London College of Music).


Stage credits include: Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Greenside Royal Terrace, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (The George Inn, London), Honk (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), A Comedy of Errors (Nick Hutchison), Normal (Jamie Wheeler), Blood Brothers (Headgate Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).

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Will & Co is a member of ITC - Independant Theatre Council
Will Shakes and Co Ltd is a registered private company, n° 12388020