The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.
This witty collaboration between Kenneth Branagh and writer Ben Elton imagines William Shakespeare’s final years in Stratford-upon-Avon, focusing in particular on his relationships with his two daughters and deceased son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11. Branagh casts himself as the beloved “Will” (of course), playing him with a convincingly world-weary edge, while Judi Dench stars as his wife, Anne Hathaway (English literature nerds may enjoy the references to their “second best bed”).
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