When Widge first joined The Lord Chamberlain's Men it was with the intent of stealing one of their plays for his master, the owner of a rival theater company. But with Shakespeare's acting company Widge experiences two things: a group of people who open their hearts to accept him as one of their own, and an intense desire to become an actor himself.
In “Shakespeare's Scribe” the theater company is facing dangerous times. The Black Plague is threatening London, and the Queen, eager to prevent an outbreak, decides to ban all public gatherings, including plays. The Lord Chamberlain's Men have only one option: leave London and try their luck performing in the surrounding townships and villages. Along the way Widge helps Shakespeare by serving as a scribe as well as an actor.
Gary Blackwood did a wonderful job in researching and designing “Shakespeare's Scribe.” The historical details feel very real. Indeed, sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what is actually fiction. The characters feel very real, with admirable depth and realism. I highly recommend “Shakespeare's Scribe” both as an enjoyable adventure and as an educational experience.
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