A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets Trailer

A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets Trailer (2005)

"A mystery in Shakespeare's sonnets is explored." 22 November 2005 Drama 86 mins

In 1609, William Shakespeare published a collection of 154 sonnets, creating what is arguably the greatest lyric sequence in English literature - and at the center of this masterpiece lies a mystery that has endured for centuries. What are the identities of “the young man” and “the dark lady” to whom all but two of the sonnets allude? This moving performance brings to life the gritty reality of Shakespeare’s England, bits of the Bard’s plays and poems, and the consummate poet and dramatist himself as it exposes these personages unseen but so keenly felt in Shakespeare’s sonnets and in his life. Rupert Graves, Tom Sturridge, Indira Varma, Anna Chancellor, and Zoë Wanamaker star. Contains mature themes and explicit language. Some content may be objectionable. Produced by the Open University.

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Rupert Graves

as William Shakespeare

Tom Sturridge

as William Herbert

Indira Varma

as Lucie "The dark lady"

Zoë Wanamaker

as Countess of Pembroke

Anna Chancellor

as Anne Hathaway

Andrew Tiernan

as Ben Jonson

Nicky Henson

as John Shakespeare

Alan Williams

as George Wilkin

Nicholas Rowe

as Richard Burbage

Tom Hiddleston

as John Hall

Tom Mison

as Young Blood


John McKay


International Releases Dates

United Kingdom 22 November 2005

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