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The Book of Will is a charming,
funny play about the friends of Shakespeare who were determined to
gather his plays into published form before they were lost to time.
If it had not been for them, we would not know Shakespeare like we
Just take a look at this cast of characters:
HENRY CONDELL—40s; feisty friend and actor in the King’s Men.
ELIZABETH CONDELL—Henry’s wife, savvy and fun.
JOHN HEMINGES—50's-60s; financial manager of the King's Men
REBECCA HEMINGES—John’s wife, a good wife.
ALICE HEMINGES—30s, John’s daughter, runs the Globe Tap House with
RICHARD BURBAGE—50s-60s; seasoned lion of the stage, famous across
England, boisterous and fierce.
BEN JONSON—Poet laureate of England, friend/rival of
ED KNIGHT—Manager for the King’s Men.
RALPH CRANE—Humble scrivener of the King’s Men. Shy and quiet.
WILLIAM JAGGARD—Successful publisher
ISAAC JAGGARD—William’s son
MARCUS— printer at the Jaggard print shop.
COMPOSITOR—Works at the Jaggard print shop.
EMILIA BASSANO LANIER— fiery Italian feminist and poet
ANNE HATHAWAY SHAKESPEARE—60s, Shakespeare’s now ailing wife.
SUSANNAH SHAKESPEARE—30s, daughter of Shakespeare.
We Have Them
Only 2 performances
August 13 at 8 pm
August14 at 2 pm
An evening of live music
Folk? probably. Rock? Maybe.
Gregorian Chants? Doubtful.
But whatever it is, the excitement is
high. You see, this evening is not only a way to have a great night
out, but it is also a fundraiser for CTG's
'black box productions.'
So, you may ask yourself,
"Why is there a fundraiser for
Because they are the ones bringing the
unique and powerful drama, BENT to Chester's stage from September 8 - 11.