(I will put up in this place the various responses to Shakespeare In Italy as they come in.)
‘A hit, a very palpable hit.’ — Peter Goers, ABC, Adelaide.
‘Better than the Olympics.’ — Chris Schacht, former Senator from South Australia.
‘Better than 27 of Shakespeare’s plays, but not 37.’ — Paul Cox, film director.
‘A worthy addition to the Stratford canon.’ Bob Carr, Minister For Foreign Affairs.
‘Written beautifully in fine declamatory style … Ellis himself directs splendid performances from spirited locals, especially Wayne Anthoney and Jordan Fraser-Trumble as old and young Shakespeare, and Lucy Slattery as a scheming poetess reeling in Will’s affections. Anthoney does double duty as a cunning cleric who murders his way to the top.’ — Peter Burdon, Adelaide Advertiser.
‘A delightful, witty and comical piece of theatre that succeeds on virtually every level…an audience-pleaser which is deftly written and neatly acted with a mixture of sonnets, acute dialogue and songs … fully immerses its audience in its world. Great fun.’ Independent Online.
‘Slattery and Fraser-Trumble are the next Streep and Crowe.’ — Craig Lahiff, film director, Swerve.
‘If history is any measure of the classics of literature, the names Ellis and Lawrence will be referenced for centuries to come.’ — Ben Rillo, student activist.
‘A lovely piece of conceit and whimsy, of jest and speculation … superb writing … subtle and enlightening songs … sure and expressive performances.’ — Mark Batistich, Idependent Australia Online, see full review above.