William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

by  John Heimbuch

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  8m, 2f, 1boy(s)

"John Heimbuch's script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard's best lines." -Brian Leehan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

If there's one show that deserves to be resurrected after th…

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William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead

by  John Heimbuch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 2f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside.

After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse.

As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?

A true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague.

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Reviews

"John Heimbuch's script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard's best lines." -Brian Leehan, Minneapolis Star Tribune

If there's one show that deserves to be resurrected after the Fringe, it's John Heimbuch's brilliant and hilarious zombies-meet-Shakespeare epic ... If you know Shakespeare, you'll be roaring as the show lampoons everything about the Bard and ludicrously reuses famous lines while the heroes battle invading zombies ... MUST SEE." - Renee Valois, Saint Paul Pioneer Press

"Both Shakespeare and horror nerds will enjoy this brilliant Elizabethan production of bloody proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain." - Ben Smith, Fangoria Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Summer 1599. Southwark, England. In the tiring house of the newly built Globe Playhouse after the inaugural performance of William Shakespeare’s Henry V.
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

8m, 2f, 1boy(s)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (35) - Player, playwright, company member
RICHARD BURBAGE (31) - Player and theatre manager
WILL KEMP (40s) - Player, clown, and Morris dancer
JOHN RICE (teens) - An apprentice player
KATE BRAITHWAITE (30s) - The attiring woman
JOHN SINKLO (30s) - A hired player
FRANCIS BACON (38) - Lawyer, courier, philosopher
SIR ROBERT CECIL (36) - The Queen’s spymaster
QUEEN ELIZABETH (65) - The Queen of England
DOCTOR JOHN DEE (71) - An astrologer and mathematician
SOLDIER 1 - A recruiting officer
SOLDIER 2 - A soldier of the Queen’s guard
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Authors

John Heimbuch

John Heimbuch is the Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company in Minneapolis. His original full length plays include William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead, A Midwinter Night’s Revel, The Transdimensional Couriers Union, S. Gunter Klaus and the Story Before, The King is Dead, Squawk, 10-Speed Revolution, ...

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S LAND OF THE DEAD was originally performed on August 2, 2008 at the Rarig Thrust Stage in Minneapolis during the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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