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.





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.

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.