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One-man show explores the life of Shakespeare.

ANEW show that's debuting in Stratfordupon-Avon this month focuses on the town's most famous son.

1616, a poetic and physical one-man show, which sees Shakespeare relive his own dramatic, grimy and humorous life story, is at The Attic Theatre until August 23.

As part of a national and international tour, the show centres around Shakespeare locked in a room at his home.

He revisits the passions and politics that formed him and explores themes of aging, memory and creativity.

This new work follows the critically-acclaimed one-man Woyzeck at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, from actor and writer Gareth Somers, who brings the same skill and energy to play Shakespeare.

Somers says: "I wanted to examine the image of the great humanist and genius, in the light of research suggesting illegal activities might have been partly responsible for his ability to retire in 1613, as the largest property owner in Stratford-upon-Avon.

"Further studies pointing to a complex sexuality, a penchant for interracial relationships and a skill for staying out of jail - despite treading very dangerous waters - offered me opportunities to paint a picture of his very vivid life, times, comrades and adventures.'' Associates on this production include RSC actress Kirsten Parker, Polish director Lucyna Hunter and writer and BBC journalist Anne Dixey.

Tickets for the show cost PS12 for adults, PS10 for concessions.

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