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.

 Executive Producer

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. After graduating Charlie became an entertainment host onboard three of Brittany Ferries boats, travelling across Spain, France, Ireland and the UK, and has since performed Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life at both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The George Inn, London.

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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Artistic Director (Writer, Director)

Victoria Baumgartner

Victoria is a Swiss-Ukrainian writer and director who has been studying and staging Shakespeare for more than 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: Anne (The Pleasance Theatre, London), 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).

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Communications & PR Manager

Noémy Menyhart

Noémy is a Swiss-Hungarian cultural communications manager and theatre practitioner. She has an MA in Communications (University of Geneva), as well as artistic and administrative experience running the international theatre festival FriScènes (Fribourg, Switzerland) as Artistic Director for several years.


She has worked in cultural communications both for the theatre (several theatres in Switzerland ( Théâtre Alambic, Martigny & Théâtre Equilibre-Nuithonie, Fribourg) and film industries (the renowned FIFF, Fribourg International Film Festival).  She is also currently the Communications Manager for the cultural department of the city of Martigny, the Manoir of Martigny (contemporary art) and the Festival des 5 Continents (World Music).


She is the company’s communications and PR manager, as well as distributor and artistic consultant.

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Assistant Director & Producer

Ruth Hunduma

Ruth is an Australian upcoming writer/director with a BA in English literature from Birkbeck, University of London. She graduated as recipient of the 2019 John Hay Lobban Prize for BA English. During her studies she worked at various production companies in London, as well as news and magazine publications (The Times). She was also the Assistant Director in Will & Co’s Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life. 


Before university, Ruth performed as an actress and studied at LAMDA, receiving a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Shakespeare.


Ruth currently works at the world’s leading entertainment agency, Creative Artists Agency, who represent the most influential creators, performers, athletes and brands globally. She works in Scripted TV.

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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