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Introducing WILL THE WIT: The story of ageing hipster poet, playwright, bit-part actor, shareholder in The Globe Theatre, and all-round know-it-all, WILL SHAKESPEARE.

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A FUN WAY TO LEARN ABOUT SHAKESPEARE

  • SHAKESPEARE presented and illustrated in a WITTY and ENGAGING way for children aged 8+, and GROWN-UPS.

  • FUN FACTS, characters, plots and KEY DETAILS made accessible with engaging illustrations.

  • GRUESOME facts and plot points made memorable with GORY DETAILS, JOKES, INSULTS and clear, modern language.

  • BRIGHT, COLOURFUL and distinctively branded with mass market appeal.

Illustration, cartoon of Will Shakespeare

Will Shakespeare

Poet and Playwright. Rather successful, despite being considered uneducated. Very much alive in 1604.

Illustration, cartoon of Robert Greene

Robert Greene

A rather jealous contemporary of Will, better educated, but less successful. Unfortunately dead.

Illustration, cartoon of Christopher Marlowe

Kit Marlowe

Hipster pal of Will. Much better educated, a bit of a hipster. Also unfortunately dead. Or is he?

Illustration, cartoon of Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Will's wife, ruler of the Shakespeare household in Stratford and manager of the household accounts.

COMEDIES

Will wrote 17 comedy plays. Three of these are unconventional and more tragicomic in theme. These have become known as the problem plays.

HISTORIES

Will wrote 11 history plays. They weren't historically accurate, and were written to please the monarch at the time. In 1604 this was King James I.

TRAGEDIES

Will wrote 11 tragedies, many with hefty body counts. The highest body count was in Titus Andronicus, with a total of fourteen dead bodies by the final curtain.

QUOTES & INSULTS

Will included an array of witty insults within all of these plays, and coined many phrases and new words which are still in use today.

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