R | | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
The unpleasant little urchin John Webster, who is shown playing with mice, grows up to be a big name of the next (Jacobean) generation of playwrights. His plays are known for their blood and gore, and his most famous title is "The Duchess of Malfi."
Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!
Hugh Fennyman: Why do you howl when it is I who am bitten?
Viola hears the cock crow and refers to it as a rooster. The word rooster is not recorded before 1772 and is said to be an American coinage to avoid the associations of the older word. Even today it is rarely used in the UK.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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