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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  • Christopher Soucy:
    15 Jul. 2022
    “Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.” This clever play pits a pious man of god against the reverence held for history’s most famous playwright. Brilliant and enjoyable to the last. Lovers of Shakespeare, history, or even fear of curses will enjoy this play!
  • 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!

Character Information

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

Development History

  • Workshop
    Indiana Playwrights Circle