Will ou Huit années perdues de la vie de William Shakespeare

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.

In its French version, the play was produced and toured in Switzerland in 2017. The company created the work in the “Cathedral of Entre-Bois”, an old abandoned Atlas storage space turned into an industrial Elizabethan theatre. It was performed there as well as at the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival at the Grange de Dorigny Theatre, who first commissioned the play. For its Swiss version, Will benefited from the Swiss national bursary for dramatic writing 2017, attributed to Victoria Baumgartner by the Swiss Authors’ Society.

The full show in French is available on video upon request.

Cast & Creatives

Writer & Director Victoria Baumgartner

Acting Arnaud Huguenin, David Salazar & Victoria Baumgartner
Music & Singing Léa Fanchon

Producer Zelda Chauvet
Set Design projetco architecture – Florine Mercier et Ivan Lopes
Costume Design Marie Romanens
Music Luc Birraux
Stage Fighting Simon Favre
Artistic Collaboration Edy Ceppi
Communication Noémy Menyhart

Photography © Julien James Auzan
Video David Monti & Fabrice Ducrest

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