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“I Am William” translated by Leanna Brodie

August 4 @ 12:00 am - September 5 @ 12:00 am EDT

Schulich Children’s Plays

I Am William

Text by Rébecca Déraspe

Music by Chloé Lacasse and Benoit Landry

English translation by Leanna Brodie

Book, lyrics and score developed at Théâtre Le Clou

Directed by Esther Jun

Choreographed by Alyssa Martin

Music Director: Njo Kong Kie


Shakura Dickson as Margaret

Landon Doak as Will

Allan Louis as John and the Earl of Leicester

Shannon Taylor as Mary and Queen Elizabeth I

August 4 to September 5 | Opening Sunday, August 8

Margaret Shakespeare has a dazzling talent for writing, which she yearns to put to serious use. But in an age lethally suspicious of female intellect and literacy, how can she find a way to fulfil her authorial ambitions yet still survive? Fortunately, she has a brother, William, who isn’t much of a writer but who wants to make it as an actor – and friends in high places have just the role for him.

Tapping into our fascination with the enigma of William Shakespeare’s life and how he came to write those plays – and the seemingly endless speculation in some quarters about whether he really did – this light-hearted yet genuinely passionate interweaving of comedy, song and poetic fancy spins a playful and witty yarn that will delight younger audiences and adults alike.


August 4 @ 12:00 am EDT
September 5 @ 12:00 am EDT
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Stratford Festival
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Stratford Festival – Tom Patterson Theatre
111 Lakeside Drive
Stratford, ON N5A7K5 Canada
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