The Last Will finds William Shakespeare retired at his country home on Stratford after decades of struggle and success in the city of London. In the last stages of a fatal illness, his deteriorating mind obliterates the distinction between fiction and fact, and the playwright begins acting as a character in his own plays. Richard Burbage, leader of Shakespeare's acting company, attempts to persuade him to return to London and to playwriting, as Will wrestles with his suspicions, delusions, family resentment, and final testaments.
The Last Will is the final piece in a trilogy of plays by Robert Brustein about the life of Shakespeare. The first installment is The English Channel followed by Mortal Terror.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Genre: Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
- Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan, 17th Century
- Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences