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If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?

Episode 3 of 6

Shakespearean sitcom. A brilliant new actor has some surprising views about the authorship of Will's plays.

London is full of anti-immigrant rioting. Will looks forward to an age when such sentiments are long gone, but in the meantime he and the players plan to do their bit to help those worse off than themselves with a fund-raising charity gala night. Inflated Pig's Bladder Day is a triumph.

As it happens, Will's newest play, the Merchant of Venice, is also about an oppressed outsider. But who will play the groundbreaking character of Shylock? Step forward the greatest actor of the age, Wolf Hall, a man with amazing stage presence and some rather controversial theories about who really wrote Shakespeare's plays.

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29 minutes

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Credits

Role Contributor
Condell Dominic Coleman
Kit Marlowe Tim Downie
John Shakespeare Harry Enfield
Lucy Jocelyn Jee Esien
Robert Greene Mark Heap
Kempe Spencer Jones
Wolf Hall Ben Miller
Will Shakespeare David Mitchell
Susanna Shakespeare Helen Monks
Bottom Rob Rouse
Burbage Steve Speirs
Anne Shakespeare Liza Tarbuck
Kate Gemma Whelan
Mary Shakespeare Paula Wilcox
Judith Shakespeare Rosanna Beacock
Rodney Thomas Smith
Hamnet Shakespeare Joe Willis
Writer Ben Elton
Director Richard Boden
Producer Gareth Edwards
Executive Producer Chris Sussman

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