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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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Well worth watching!
7 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This six hour mini-series really catches the flavor of Elizabethan England. Tim Curry is a surprising choice as Shakespeare because one expects a more traditional hero. Curry played the doctor on the submarine Red October in the movie of the same name, but his characterization is much stronger and more appealing in this movie. Ian McShane as Christopher Marlowe is interesting, but Nicholas Clay as the Earl of Southampton is breathtakingly handsome and steals every scene he is in--no, he doesn't have to steal them, they belong to him. Shakespeare's long debated sexuality is handled well in this movie although the implication that he and Southampton were homosexual lovers is definitely there. This movie is not as fast-paced as "Shakespeare in Love." It seemed longer than six hours long, but it kept me coming back for more each evening of the week. I know quite a bit about Shakespeare and this movie did not disappoint me. It was fun where it should be fun and serious where it should be serious. If you love Shakespeare, this one is probably for you!

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