NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres | What's On Southampton


01 October, 2016 - 08 October, 2016

Shakespeare and Southampton

  • signed perfomance




Patron? Collaborator? Employer? Voyeur? Lover?

William Shakespeare is on trial. Questioned about his relationship with the 3rd Earl of Southampton. What exactly did happen between them?

The evidence: Tender poems. Financial dependency. Attempted revolution. A charge of treason.

A compelling new romantic drama set in the powder keg of sex, politics and power in Elizabethan England. Exploring Shakespeare's world in this staggering period, the story evolves around the banks of the Thames, Southampton House - the Earl's seat in London, and Titchfield Manor in Hampshire.

This world premiere is written by award-winning playwright Nick Dear (Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch, The National Theatre; The Art of Success, Royal Shakespeare Company, Olivier Nomination) and directed by Nuffield’s Director, Samuel Hodges, following his critically-acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie in 2015.  

Dramatic design by Alex Lowde (Linda, Royal Court [Costume Design], Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Shakespeare Globe) transforms the auditorium into an intimate setting that places the audience on the stage at the heart of the performance.