A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets 15 years old
A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored.
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.
|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|
|John McKay as Director. He was 66 (now 82) years old||Directing|