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Nicholas Pierpan’s WILLIAM WORDSWORTH opens at the Theatre by the Lake

‘They all love you! They are obsessed with you! And look at yourself; what have you done to deserve such adulation?’

William Wordsworth: poetic genius or irresponsible egotist? Theatre by the Lake’s world premiere production explores the man behind the myth.

It’s 1812 and all is not well in the Wordsworth household. Money is tight, the children are getting sick, and the wild and unpredictable Coleridge is stirring up trouble in London. But much to his sister Dorothy’s dismay, rather than penning his next poem and providing for his family, Wordsworth’s priorities seem to lie with repairing his relationship with Coleridge and currying favour with London’s elite.

Nicholas Pierpan’s vivid and passionate new play is a funny, moving and poignant portrait of a man torn between poetic ambitions and family duties. It features a distinguished cast including Olivier-award winning actor Joseph Mydell, John Sackville as Wordsworth and Emma Pallant as Dorothy.

William Wordsworth is a co-production with English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s National Theatre of Touring.

Showing: Sat 1 April – Sat 22 April