Project Description


‘ historical drama of disarming intimacy and freshness’

Sunday Times


‘A beautifully accomplished revival…It’d be a scandal to this this’

Sunday Telegraph


A luminous labour of love

The Independent


‘A beautiful revival of a wise and witty play’

Daily Telegraph


‘Handsome, beautifully realised and impeccably presented’



‘Its pleasures are subtle, and quite beautiful’

The Times


‘Mixed full-blooded emotion with high-stakes intellectual debate’

The Stage


‘This is a lovey, compassionate play full of old-fashioned virtues and it gets a production to match its filigree delicacy’

The Guardian

When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour, her husband chooses to stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller, based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613.

A powerful exposé of the contradiction between human desire and social convention which seeks to repress it, Peter Whelan’s moving and uplifting play provides a beautiful evocation of life in Shakespearian England. It was first produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company before transferring to the West End and Broadway.

Winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production 2016.


Writer – Peter Whelan
Director – James Dacre
Designer – Jonathan Fensom
Lighting Designer – Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer – Becky Smith
Composer – Valgeir Sigurosson
Casting Director – Gemma Hancock & Sam Stevenson
Associate Director – Jesse Jones
Dialect – Charmian Hoare
Advertising & Marketing – Joe Public Ltd
Press & Publicity – Kate Morley PR


Philip Correia
Patrick Driver
Jonathan Guy Lewis
Emma Lowndes
Michael Mears
Charlotte Wakefield
Matt Whitchurch

Produced for and on behalf of English Touring Theatre & The Royal, Derngate Northampton Rose Theatre Kingston