- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 5 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: December 16, 2008
- Originally Released: 1978
- Label: A&E Home Video
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
Tim Curry stars as William Shakespeare in this six-part miniseries that chronicles the bard's rise from less than privileged beginnings in Elizabethan England to enduring fame. The story begins in Avon, where young Will toils in obscurity, committed to his work despite innumerable obstacles, not the least of which is the devastating Black Plague. Soon enough, the playwright's words capture the attention of the royal court, sealing his fate and fortune. In turns tragic and giddily funny, the series, written by John Mortimer (TEA WITH MUSSOLINI), offers a rich, nuanced perspective on the most famous scribe of all time.
Description by New Video Group:
Emmy Award-winner Tim Curry (The Hunt for Red October, Clue) and Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast) star in the riveting story about the great Bard's rise to fame.
Set in the sixteenth century, WILL SHAKESPEARE begins with the lesser known story of Shakespeare's humble beginnings and youthful obscurity in Avon. As he struggles to survive as a playwright, Shakespeare faces multiple obstacles, including the black plague and various personal tragedies, but defeats all obstacles to achieve unprecedented success in London.
Written by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey, Tea with Mussolini), this engrossing six-part miniseries renders the sights and sounds of Elizabethan England in exquisite detail. Rich in both tragedy and deliciously cheeky humor, this series moves through Shakespeare's untold story with dramatic flair.
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