Not Just William



Revival for Shakespeare 400

“Storytelling duo pay tribute to the bard – Not Just William was a huge success”
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, 2014

Not Just William was commissioned as part of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday celebrations in 2014 by the Magic Alley Theatre – “the home of storytelling in Stratford -upon-Avon”. Originally performed as a promenade performance on Henley Street it is now being adapted for the stage for Shakespeare 400 celebrations

23rd April 1577.

Times are hard for the Shakespeare family as a reluctant young William faces up to leaving school early to help in the glove workshop. Bereft of his books and his grand hopes for the future, William is not having the happiest of birthdays until a simple errand leads him on an enchanted journey through a haunted forest and a magical graveyard which opens his eyes to a world of stories which will remain with him for the rest of his life

A fun day-in-the-life dramatisation of Shakespeare’s formative years bringing to life the source tales for some of his most famous plays

Not Just William is a great introduction to the man, his times and some of his major works including Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear. 2016 dates are in Warwick, Leicester Guildhall and at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust – tour dates and tickets here

For further enquiries or to book Not Just William as part of your Organisation’s Shakespeare 400 event please contact our bookings manager at

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For more about the official Shakespeare 400 project see