June 13: Tim Curry was Will Shakespeare, 40 years ago

1978-Will_ShakespeareWill Shakespeare was an historical drama series created and written by John Mortimer. Broadcast in six parts, the series is a dramatisation of the life and times of the great poet William Shakespeare, played by Tim Curry.

Each episode was based around the creation of a single play, and the idea of Shakespeare’s real life experiences influencing his writing was used as the central plot device. Mortimer embellished upon known stories or legends about the playwright’s life, including a supposed apprenticeship with Christopher Marlowe and a homoerotic relationship with the Earl of Southampton.

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