Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

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Series cast summary:
Gregory Doran ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2004)
 Various (4 episodes, 2004)
 Various (4 episodes, 2004)
 Announcer (4 episodes, 2004)
 Hamlet (4 episodes, 2004)
Michael Wood ...
 Himself - Host (4 episodes, 2004)
 Various (3 episodes, 2004)


Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

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4 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Anazitontas ton Shakespeare  »

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(4 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Excellent Work
6 March 2006 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I've never been a huge Shakespere reader. I like what I've read and definitely respected him like anyone else. Even with this minimal background on Shakespere, the docu-series "In Search of Shakespere" was still fascinating. The details of William Shakespere's life are obscure and sometimes shrouded in mystery. The brilliant angle of this series is how host Michael Wood chronologically journeys through Elizabethan England to uncover them.

One can be in touch with the life of William Shakespere better than ever before in going along this journey with Michael Wood. The series chronicles background information (like the rise and fall of his bureaucrat father and the connections his family has with historical people and events) as vividly as it does the trials and tribulations of William. It is truly amazing seeing all the places William was as he was shaped into the legend he became. Wood looks at documents (most interestingly an employee list) to discover aliases and occupations William had- and uses them to find all the nooks and cranny's of Willaim's life.

There are many possible revelations about where William got some of his ideas. For example, the priest who married him to Anne Hathaway did illegal off-season marriages-much like the friar in Romeo and Juliet. Also, Michael Wood encounters a river William once had to cross which seems to be referenced in Henry VI.

Michael Wood's inspired adventure is one you must go on! "In Search of Shakespere" is a truly fascinating insight into the world's favorite author. One need not be a fan of his work to appreciate it, either.

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