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By Lookout Staff

January 2, 2018 -- What does the world's greatest playwright do after penning "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Othello" and "King Lear?" He comes home and, unable to sleep, banters with his wife.

That's the premise, and dramatic event, used by writer and actor Philip Whitchurch in his play "Shakespeare his wife and the dog," which receives its U.S. premiere this month at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

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Philip Whitchurch in "Shakespeare his wife and the dog" (Courtesy of The Broad Stage)

Co-presented by Bated Breath and directed, as it was in the U.K., by Julia St John, the play will be presented in 12 performances between January 18 and 28.

"'Shakespeare his wife and the dog' asks a burning question: Now that he’s come home, just what is up with Shakespeare?" the promoters said.

"The play tells the story of a sleepless night and of secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare."

The play takes place in April 1616, when the 52-year-old playwright returns to his home in Stratford after a celebrated career in London that has made him both rich and famous.

The play seeks to address the following questions, promoters said: "Why is he so unhappy? Why can’t he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can’t his wife Anne find the dog?"

The Review Hub Birmingham called the play "a dazzling piece of imaginative writing" that "is undoubtedly a triumph."

"The verbal crossfire is fast and furious, the in-jokes satisfying and the basic conceit believable," the reviewer wrote.

"As an object lesson in acting technique and timing, one would be hard pressed to better it."

Three Weeks gave the production, “5 Stars,” adding, “This piece is intelligent, witty, emotive, as well as being really good fun!”

Tickets, which start at $45, are on sale at or by calling 310.434.3200.


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