Owning Shakespeare (Ten Minute Play)

The year is 1754. Reverend Francis Gastrell bought and tore down the house that William Shakespeare lived and died in -- New Place. Now, he wants to own the bones of the Bard himself.
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Owning Shakespeare (Ten Minute Play)

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  • Kate Danley:
    3 Apr. 2022
    If you've ever toured Stratford-Upon-Avon, you've heard the tale of the man who tore down Shakespeare's house because he hated him so much. This is a great little piece that incorporates all of the history (the house, the curse, the skull). If your theatre specializes in Shakespeare, this will get your audience humming with appreciation!
  • Nora Louise Syran:
    7 Jan. 2022
    An entertaining glimpse into Shakespeare tourism in Stratford-upon-Avon 150 years after the death of the Bard. Historical fact blended with historical fiction leads to super results. Bravo!
  • Tony Tambasco:
    4 Sep. 2021
    This short play is a charming exploration of the dark places that obsession can take us to, neatly juxtaposing the sacred with the secular. It's also a nice apéritif for any Shakespeare-focused theatre looking to include new plays in their programming.

Character Information

  • William Evetts
    50s-70s
  • Reverend Francis Gastrell
    50s-70s
    Owner of Shakespeare's house, Newplace, which he tore down.
  • Ned Gastrell
    50s-70s
    Cousin of Reverend Gastrell
  • David Lewis
    40-70
    High Sheriff of Warwickshire
  • David Garrick
    30s-40s
    An actor

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Indiana Playwrights Circle
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    2020