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In Search of Shakespeare 

Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.






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Series cast summary:
Michael Wood ...  Himself - Host 4 episodes, 2004
Gregory Doran Gregory Doran ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Ray Fearon ...  Various 4 episodes, 2004
Robert Whitelock ...  Hamlet 4 episodes, 2004
Gerald Kyd ...  Various 4 episodes, 2004
Fred Melamed ...  Announcer 4 episodes, 2004
Alexandra Gilbreath ...  Various 3 episodes, 2004


Michael Wood tours the English locations important to William Shakespeare as he explores the playwright and poet's life and work.

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4 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Anazitontas ton Shakespeare See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Conspiracy theories not withstanding
22 June 2005 | by =G=See all my reviews

"In Search of Shakespeare" is a beautifully presented historical documentary in which the always enthusiastic and energetic host/narrator Michael Wood ("In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great") retraces the footsteps and life of the man know to us simply as the Bard. At the outset Wood dismisses any question or controversy about Shakespeare's credibility and attributions as mere conspiracy theory and then launches into a telling of the Shakespeare's biography in a sort of detective story format by rediscovering the bits and pieces of historical evidence of Shakespeare's life which exist outside his body of work. Taking the audience to those places still intact which the Bard frequented, sifting through archives for fragments of information, and showing excerpts of Shakespeare's works performed by a group of players, all the while explaining the relevant history of Elizabethan England, Wood assembles a sort of conventional wisdom version of the William Shakespeare biography as though discovering it for the first time. The result is an engaging, colorful, and fun historical perspective of the life and times of William Shakespeare worth a look particularly by those who know the Bard only through his work. (B+)

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