Monday, February 07, 2005

Bard's lady lovely

Out of the few scraps that history has left him, local playwright Vern Thiessen has fashioned a flesh-and-blood portrait of a fiercely independent woman. Shakespeare's Will, now running at the Citadel Theatre, is Thiessen's take on the life of the shadowy Anne Hathaway, whom Shakespeare married when he was only 18, left behind when he went to London to make his way in the theatre and retired to spend his last five or six years with in Stratford. He also, famously, left her his "second best bed'' in his will.

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