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Behind every great man

Shakespeare may have penned the world’s greatest love stories, but his own was more tragic than blissful, leaving behind wife and child to pursue his playwright dreams.

He takes to the stage and she the plague with only the second best bed to show for it.

Actor Nicole Busby will give voice to one of the most important silent characters of literary history, Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, in Shakespeare’s Will Dec. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The play explores her life, with and without the great poet, celebrating her indomitable spirit in the face of great hardship and her strength of character shown in facing relentless public ridicule.

A great woman played by a great actor is captured by an even greater Canadian playwright.

Vern Thiessen, whose writing was honoured with a Governor General’s Award, penned the play. His writing prowess is equally matched by the talents of Busby, who will share Hathaway’s tale of humour, romance, revenge and quite a few surprises.

Unless you’re planning to catch the show at the 2007 Stratford Festival, this will be the last opportunity for B.C. audiences to catch this outstanding show. Shakespeare’s Will is also currently being considered for a two-year run on Broadway.

And the iambic pentameter challenged needn’t worry, Shakespeare’s Will is delivered in modern English, so audiences are sure to embrace all of the fun and insight Thiessen’s script affords.

Theatre rarely comes to Whistler, so get out to support this one-of-a-kind, show presented as part of the Real Canadian in Whistler series, and ensure theatre continues to come back to the resort.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22.50 for students and seniors. Special pricing for groups and MY Place members.

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