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A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.

A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets

In 1609, William Shakespeare published a collection of 154 sonnets, creating what is arguably the greatest lyric sequence in English literature - and at the center of this masterpiece lies a mystery that has endured for centuries. What are the identities of “the young man” and “the dark lady” to whom all but two of the sonnets allude? This moving performance brings to life the gritty reality of Shakespeare’s England, bits of the Bard’s plays and poems, and the consummate poet and dramatist himself as it exposes these personages unseen but so keenly felt in Shakespeare’s sonnets and in his life. Rupert Graves, Tom Sturridge, Indira Varma, Anna Chancellor, and Zoë Wanamaker star. Contains mature themes and explicit language. Some content may be objectionable. Produced by the Open University.

Credits

Tom Sturridge
Tom Sturridge

William Herbert

Nicholas Rowe
Nicholas Rowe

Richard Burbage

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston

John Hall

Indira Varma
Indira Varma

Lucie "The dark lady"

Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker

Countess of Pembroke

All Cast

Name Character
Nicholas Rowe He was 39, now 54 years old as Richard Burbage
Nicky Henson He was 60, 74 years old when he died as John Shakespeare
Christopher Fairbank He was 52, now 67 years old as Physician
Anna Chancellor She was 40, now 56 years old as Anne Hathaway
Rupert Graves He was 42, now 58 years old as William Shakespeare
Andrew Tiernan He was 39, now 55 years old as Ben Jonson
Zoë Wanamaker She was 56, now 72 years old as Countess of Pembroke
Indira Varma She was 32, now 47 years old as Lucie "The dark lady"
Tom Mison He was 23, now 39 years old as Young Blood
Tom Sturridge He was 19, now 35 years old as William Herbert
Tom Hiddleston He was 24, now 40 years old as John Hall
Alan Williams He was 75, 84 years old when he died as George Wilkin

Crew

Name Department
John McKay as Director. He was 66 (now 82) years old Directing
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A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (15 years)

A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.

  • Release day: Tuesday, November 22, 2005
  • Runtime: 86 minutes