Preview: Shakespeare His Wife and the Dog

Philip Whitchurch and  Sally Edwards. Pic: Comp
Philip Whitchurch and Sally Edwards. Pic: Comp
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IT’S a family affair for Sharpe and The Bill star Philip Whitchurch at Summer-hall this Fringe. In the world premiere of Shakespeare His Wife and the Dog, he teams up Sally Edwards, his wife.

Whitchurch laughs, “I love playing Shakespeare and always wondered what the man must have been like, so I set out to write a one-man show where I got to say all my favourite bits from the plays. I wrote a few pages and showed it to my wife Sally. Her only comment was. Where’s my part….?

“Husband and wife played by husband and wife - is that a good idea?”

You can find out in the play which is set April 1616. Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous man but all’s not well. 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 Anne find the dog?

A sleepless night in Stratford. The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare.

Summerhall, Anatomy Lecture Hall, until Sunday, 2pm, £14, 0131-560 1581