A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writer:

Ben Elton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... William Shakespeare
Judi Dench ... Anne Shakespeare
Ian McKellen ... Earl of Southampton
Nonso Anozie ... Actor Playing Aaron
Lolita Chakrabarti ... Stratford Landlady
Darryl Clark Darryl Clark ... Mr. Wheeler
Jack Colgrave Hirst ... Tom Quiney
Doug Colling Doug Colling ... Douglas, Shakespeare's Servant
John Dagleish ... Rafe Smith
Eleanor de Rohan ... Margaret Wheeler
Clara Duczmal Clara Duczmal ... Elizabeth Hall
Phil Dunster ... Henry, the Student
Freya Durkan Freya Durkan ... Young Judith Shakespeare
Sam Ellis Sam Ellis ... Hamnet Shakespeare
Sean Foley Sean Foley ... John Lane
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Storyline

London, June 29th, 1613. The Globe Theatre, ran by the famous playwright William Shakespeare, accidentally burns to ashes. Seriously affected, he stops writing and returns to his hometown, where his wife Anne and daughters Judith and Susanna get surprised to hear he intends to stay there definitively, after two decades working in the capital, neglecting his sincere affections for them.

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In 1613 William Shakespeare Retired. He Still Had One Last Story To Tell - His Own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, suggestive material and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Screenwriter Ben Elton previously wrote Upstart Crow (2016), which also revolves around the life of William Shakespeare and he also co-wrote Blackadder II (1986), Blackadder the Third (1987), and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), which often spoofed the Bard's plays. See more »

Goofs

When talking to the Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare repeatedly addresses him as "Your Grace". When addressing an Earl, the correct form is "My Lord" (only a Duke would be addressed as Your Grace). The real William Shakespeare spent enough time around nobility to be well aware of the correct title to use. See more »

Quotes

William Shakespeare: If you want to be a writer, and speak to others and for others, speak first for yourself. Search within. Consider the contents of your own soul. Your humanity. And if you're honest with yourself, then whatever you write, all is true.
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Connections

Referenced in Some Kind of Heaven (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Fear No More
Performed by Abigail Doyle
Music written by Patrick Doyle
Words by William Shakespeare
Published by Patrick Doyle Music Administered by Air-Edel Association L T D
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User Reviews

 
Beautiful and moving.
9 February 2019 | by dsingermanSee all my reviews

This was beautiful in many ways. Lovely photography and music by Patrick Doyle. Well acted of course by Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench. A very nice screenplay by Ben Elton who is more famous for his comedy writing. He also wrote the wonderful TV series "Upstart Crow" which is a funny view of Shakespeare. This film is much more serious. I don't understand why this film has such a low IMDB rating.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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All Is True See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,211, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:

$1,200,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,019,143
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Company Credits

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TKBC See more »
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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