Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life

Will is on its European Tour!

Come and discover the production in Sion, Switzerland on 12 & 13 October at Théâtre Interface and in Stuttgart, Germany on 17 & 18 November at Theater Tri-Bühne during the Europa Theater Treffen 2018!

England, 1585. 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 brawl taverns with travelling actors. But Elizabethan England is not an easy place to thrive…

Find out the story of how Will became William Shakespeare through this play bursting with echoes to his future works, in between fantasies and reality.

⭐️⭐️⭐️  The Stage
Baumgartner’s firm belief in the power of poetry and well-placed emotional beats make Will a strangely fascinating work.
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London Theatre 1
An engrossing play which over the course of eighty minutes (eight years in eighty minutes) does what Lord Reith declared ought to be the mission of the BBC: to inform, educate and entertain.
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Everything Theatre
Just like any Shakespeare play, it is full of comedy and tragedy, and touches on universal and eternal themes.
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The Spy in the Stalls
Sam Veck, as Shakespeare, is a revelation.

During its London run at the Rose Playhouse in Spring 2018, the play has been nominated for two Offies – Off West End Awards: Best Director for Victoria Baumgartner and Best Male in a Supporting Role for Ronnie Yorke.

On Tour Cast & Creatives

Written & Directed by Victoria Baumgartner

Sam Veck William Shakespeare
Katherine Moran Anne Shakespeare
Beatrice Lawrence Olivia Burbage
Xavier Loira Richard Burbage
Jack Spencer Earl of  Southampton / Christopher Marlowe / Gravedigger

Karolina Luisoni Costumes
Elodie Miserez Assistant Director
Noémy Menyhart Press & Communication
Melissa Allcock Administration Assistant
Julien James Auzan © Photo credit
La Paire de Cerises Video & Teaser

Original Cast & Creatives

Written & Directed by Victoria Baumgartner

Sam Veck William Shakespeare
Katherine Moran Anne Shakespeare
Beatrice Lawrence Olivia Burbage
Ronnie Yorke Richard Burbage
Charlie Woodward Earl of  Southampton / Christopher Marlowe / Gravedigger

Karolina Luisoni Costumes
Ruth Hunduma Assistant Director
Noémy Menyhart Communications Manager
Unfolds Theatre Co-Production with Will & Co.
Marie Lauria © Photo credit
La Paire de Cerises Video & Teaser

The entire show is available in video upon demand.


Swiss / French version

The play was originally performed in French in Switzerland during the Spring-Autumn season 2017. It was awarded the National Bursary of the Swiss Author’s Society for Dramatic Writing in 2017.

Press

Will – On Tour


“Shakespeare, c’est viscéral” interview of Victoria Baumgartner for Plans cultes, by David Trotta

Les bons plans de la rédaction culturelle du Nouvelliste: Will

Judith & Hamnet

RTS 1 – The show « Premier Rendez-vous » / “First Date” by Pauline Vrolix, with Victoria Baumgartner and the artist Maya Rochat


Victoria Baumgartner in Vertigo on Swiss national radio RTS – La 1ère pto talk about the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival and Judith & Hamnet!

Victoria Baumgartner in “Cellulose” on Swiss National Radio Couleur 3, interviewed on Shakespeare by Salomé Kiner

Will in London

⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Stage
“Baumgartner’s firm belief in the power of poetry and well-placed emotional beats make Will a strangely fascinating work.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ London Theatre 1
“Everything about this show shouts top draw, top quality, top stuff.”
“An engrossing play which over the course of eighty minutes (eight years in eighty minutes) does what Lord Reith declared ought to be the mission of the BBC: to inform, educate and entertain.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Spy in the Stalls
“Sam Veck, as Shakespeare, is a revelation.”
“A top notch cast”
“delighfully clever yet beguiling and moving”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Everything Theatre
“very well written, seamless and captivating”
“Just like any Shakespeare play, it is full of comedy and tragedy, and touches on universal and eternal themes”
“Ronnie Yorke is exceptionally funny (I mean, really laugh out loud funny) as Richard Burbage.” Continue reading “Press”

Workshops

Will & Co.’s workshops aim to initiate the participants to an embodied approach of Shakespeare’s plays. We also offer workshops on Acting Shakespeare, general introductions to Shakespeare’s Life & times, and Teaching Shakespeare aimed at high school professors.

The Embodying Shakespeare workshops aims to provide basic tools to explore the possibilities and clues written into Shakespeare’s language. In this body-based approach, we work on the emotions that manifest through the text and into us, our partners and the audience. We go through the specificities of iambic pentameter and will put in practice the rhythm intimately connected to Shakespeare in several scenes. We  also explore how the language of Shakespeare is deeply connected to the breath and the body. Working with free-flow movement techniques, we will uncover how to access and unlock different types of emotions, characters and scenes by using the rhythmic cues provided within the lines. By freeing the mind and concentrating on the body, we invite you to let Shakespeare’s language resonate in a vibrant and surprising way. Continue reading “Workshops”

Will & co is a theatre company founded by Victoria Baumgartner creating poetic, generous shows full of adventure. Most of the time, they have something to do with William Shakespeare.

Victoria Baumgartner is a Swiss-Ukrainian writer, director and actress. She has an MA in Shakespearean studies from the University of Lausanne, a diploma of dramaturgy from the Manufacture (Western Switzerland’s Acting School) and Acting Shakespeare training from LAMDA. Her short play On the Dawn of the Fourth Day won the « Six short plays looking for writers » contest in 2016. For the Swiss-French version of her first full-lenght play, Will or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life, she received the Swiss National Writer’s Guild SSA / KTV-ATP 2017 bursary award for dramatic writing. She was also nominated by the Offies – Off West End Awards as Best Director for the British version of Will, which is now touring Europe. Victoria has been invited by the Theater Tri-Bühne in Stuttgart, Germany, to stage her next play, Verona, there in Winter 2019. She enjoys practicing feng shui, waking up late, doing yoga and wine-tasting in her spare time.

The Company Today

Melissa Allcock Beatrice Lawrence Xavier Loira Karolina Luisoni Noémy Menyhart Elodie Miserez Katherine Moran Jack Spencer Sam Veck 

The Company Yesterday

Melissa Allcock Luc Birraux Edy Ceppi Zelda Chauvet Arnaud Huguenin Ruth Hunduma Marie Romanens David Salazar Charlie Woodward Ronnie Yorke

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