Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Episode three, In Search of Shakespeare: The Duty of Poets, chronicles William Shakespeare's rise to fame in 1590s England. He rejects his religious affiliations, receives patronage from the Earl of Southampton, and completes Romeo and Juliet. While at the height of his career, he also suffers some great losses. His only son, Hamnet, dies at the age of 11, and his company gets kicked out of their theater. During this time, he also gets involved in numerous extramarital affairs and gets summoned to appear in court. Undaunted, Shakespeare participates in the building of the famous Globe Theatre in Southwark, London. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs Othello in Leicester Guildhall. Episode three premiered on PBS in February of 2004.
playwright, theater, English [nationality], life-story, play [drama], influence, investigation