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What Was Shakespeare Really Like?

A lecture series to mark the 90th birthday of Professor Sir Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

A series of public lectures from Professor Sir Stanley Wells, C.B.E.

This specially commissioned audio series sets forth the personality and sensibilities of Shakespeare as far as they can be discerned through a lifetime of reading and studying his works. 

Sir Stanley's talks move effortlessly from Shakespeare's life and background in Stratford-upon-Avon, to the entrepreneurial world of London and its emerging professional theatres; from Shakespeare's plays as they were perhaps first conceived in his imagination, through the processes of writing them, and them being bodied-forth on stage. 


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Photograph of Sir Stanley: William Mulryne