REVIEW: Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare’s Life


England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly-wed wife, Anne. However, something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words that none, other than he, is able to find. As he starts to follow these dreams, life takes him on a journey from gentle nights in high castles to bawdy brawls in country taverns. Using poetry, music and improvised dance, our play tells the story of how Will became William Shakespeare in a physical, fresh and poignant way.

As Shakespeare himself had once stated “Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.”

And remarkable is exactly how I would describe this show.

Presented by five very talented performers, the world and life of Shakespeare’s lost years comes imaginatively to life in this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Experience Shakespeare’s lesser known years and be inspired by this production’s reaching powers of poetry, dance and music and be ensnared on Will’s journey through 1582 Elizabethan England.

A wonderful tale written and directed by Victoria Baumgartner (who also plays Will’s wife Anne) has presented a unique take on Shakespeare.

A story that reaches all, whether you know a lot of Shakespeare and his life or if you are only starting to learn about the Barb and his immortal works, this is a show not to be missed.

The Man, The Writer, The Legend were here at the Greenside, Royal Terrace, waiting for you.

The timeless works and quotations of Shakespeare’s are truly alive and well and are as fresh as the good Scottish rain on a hot dry day. Let’s raise a glass to Shakespeare this year at the Edinburgh Festival and those who managed to witness the new creative retelling of one of history’s most famous and adored playwrights.

Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth.


Written and directed by Victoria Baumgartner

Performed by Will & Co.

Run now finished.

Latest News