EdFringe

“Will” is officially at the #EdFringe19!

“Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life” is at the Edinburgh Fringe from 12 to 24 August 2019, at 12.35pm in Greenside Venues @ Royal Terrace!

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.

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

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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  London Theatre 1

Just like any Shakespeare play, it is full of comedy and tragedy, and touches on universal and eternal themes.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Everything Theatre

Sam Veck, as Shakespeare, is a revelation.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  The Spy in the Stalls

EdFringe Cast & Creatives

Written & Directed by Victoria Baumgartner

Will Shakespeare  Sam Veck
Anne Hathaway Victoria Baumgartner
Olivia Burbage Charlie MacKellar
Richard Burbage Kieran Taylor-Ford
Earl of  Southampton / Christopher Marlowe / Gravedigger Jack Spencer

Costumes Karolina Luisoni 
Assistant Director Ruth Hunduma
Press & Communication Noémy Menyhart

We can’t wait to share this new version of the show with you!

And, as you know…

It is thanks to you that Will is going to the Edinburgh Fringe 2019!

For more than three years now, Will & Co has strived to produce plays and workshops which will make Shakespeare more accessible to any audience.
You have helped us get to the Edinburgh Fringe, and share “Will” with even more people!
Our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was open for four weeks this Spring.  We were aiming to collect 5500 GBP and made it to 5828 GBP!

We are now able to afford our theatre rental and accommodation fees.

So from all of us at Will & Co – thank you!

 

Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life

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.

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

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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  London Theatre 1

Just like any Shakespeare play, it is full of comedy and tragedy, and touches on universal and eternal themes.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Everything Theatre

Sam Veck, as Shakespeare, is a revelation.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  The Spy in the Stalls

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.

The play was first performed for a four-week run in London at the Rose Playhouse, an Elizabethan playhouse’s archeological site converted into a theatre, where Shakespeare himself worked, from 27 March-21 April 2018. It then went on to its European tour 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!

Continue reading “Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life”

Press

Will – On Tour

Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany: “Meaning on Stage” 20.11.18
“Baumgartner stages all this in a very lively manner, with music and improvised dancing. It is fresh and sometimes so movingly played that one feels a lump rising in one’s throat.

Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany:  “The Tri-Bühne Theatre welcomes guests from all over the theatre world” 16.11.18

Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany:  “A Festival with Woman Power!” 06.11.18

Le Nouvelliste, Switzerland: Les bons plans de la rédaction culturelle du Nouvelliste: Will

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”

Our Team

Victoria Baumgartner – Artistic Director & Founder

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).

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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Sam Veck – Actor & Movement Director

Sam Veck is an accomplished young actor, as well as being a trained musician/singer and a professional dancer based in London with ten years of experience performing on fringe, national and international stages. Formally a musical theatre actor, he’s recently broken into more mature roles in intimate settings with rave reviews.  Sam trained at RADA and the National Youth Theatre and is represented by Christina Beyer.

Theatre credits as Actor & Performer include: Looking for Gatsby (Dir. Linnie Reedman, Theatre Royal – Windsor and The Other Palace – London), Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life (Dir. Victoria Baumgartner, Rose Playhouse – London and European Tour), Judith & Hamnet (Dir. Sam Veck & Victoria Baumgartner – European Tour), The Tempest (Dir. Philip Sheppard, RADA Youth Company, RADA), WeAreHere (Dir. Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris, National Theatre – Site specific performances to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, marking it’s one hundred year anniversary), Welcome to England (Collaborative Devised Play, Royal Court), Not the End of the World (Dir. Charlotte Conquest, Edinburgh Fringe), The Sound of Music (Dir. Johnny Bowles, UK Tour), Oliver (Dir. Rupert Goold, Cameron Mackintosh, Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

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Noémy Menyhart – Communications, PR & Distribution

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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