William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton meet in a tavern in Southwark. Shakespeare points out people who remind him of scenes from his plays. A wistful woman reminds him of Juliet, a melancholy old man reminds him of Hamlet. The soldier son of the landlord encourages Shakespeare to recite 'The Seven Ages of Man'. Jonson then leads the company in singing 'Sigh no more, ladies'. The company's drunkenness leads Shakespeare to recall scenes from Twelfth Night. Jonson's cousin Jane comes across the sleeping poet and tells him that she believed him dead; he assures her that he will live forever. Written by
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The main title is followed on-screen by 'Based upon an original story - "An Evening with our National Poet William Shakespeare"', but no author is cited. See more
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