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 journeys up and down the Thames in river boats, are taken from the puppet play Hero and Leander, which was written by the character Littlewit in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair. Littlewit adapts the classical story of the lovers divided by the Hellespont to... ...
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?
Biographical details of Shakespeare's life, especially his wife and children, ignored for the sake of dramatic license.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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