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Series cast summary:
 Dick Burbage 6 episodes, 1978
 Alex Cooke / ... 6 episodes, 1978
 Jack Rice 6 episodes, 1978
 Henry Condell 6 episodes, 1978
Ronald Herdman ...
 Sam Crosse 6 episodes, 1978
 Jack Heminge 6 episodes, 1978
Michael Hadley ...
 Augustine Phillips 5 episodes, 1978
Derek Royle ...
 William Kempe 5 episodes, 1978
 Earl of Southampton 4 episodes, 1978
 Hamnet Sadler 3 episodes, 1978
Matthew Taylor ...
 Hercules 3 episodes, 1978


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13 June 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Life of Shakespeare  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Will Shakespeare Must Be Rolling Over in His Grave...
1 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Well, with all due respect to the brilliant actors associated with this production I must heartily disagree with the previous good review, evidently penned by a rabid Tim Curry fan, of this disenchanting mini-series. I felt Ian McShane, in particular, was totally wasted in his role -as Marlowe- and although Tim Curry did the best that could be done, with the sub par material, he was altogether forgettable in the lead. The ambling, misguided, largely fictional account of William Shakespeare's life was aided somewhat by adequate production values, but was not worthy of being aired on prime-time TV, in the US. In fact the ABC network considered showing it, at one point, but was rightfully disappointed with its clumsy, substandard contents. View it if you must, Tim Curry aficionados, but everyone else, I just thought you should be warned...

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