– the musical about William Shakespeare

Awarded ‘Best Performance’ at the New York International Fringe Festival 2013.

Set in London in 1592 the humorous and playful new musical ”William” examines Shakespeare’s deepest and complex thoughts in this tour de force musical. His 154 sonnets, written with Shakespeare’s unbridled lust for life, his humour, passion for love, budding insanity, impotence and jealousy, reveal much about Shakespeare and his time. ”William” takes a deep look at these sonnets and tries to find the answers to a 400-year old mystery – who was William Shakespeare?

“William” opened at the Confidencen theatre, Ulriksdals Slottsteater, on September 13 2006.
The play has made guest appearance at Berns Salonger in Stockholm, in Vadstena Akademi and has also been on tour in Sweden, in Cannes at Théâtre Miramar in 2009 and most recently in New York at the New York International Fringe Festival.


Text & Music Jan-Erik Sääf
Direction Andreas Boonstra.
On stage Jonas Nerbe and the Shakespeare String Quartet.
Costumes Katrin Rosemaysdotter
Translation Owen Robertsson, (N.Y.)


”Passion and Playfulness”

- Musical Stages

”Avant-garde in nature. If this production isn’t the definition of rock opera, I dare you to show me what is”

- nytheatre.com

”Mr. Nerbe shines in his portrayal of the Bard”

- Theatre Reviews Limited

His performance is authentic, full of charm and wit, and selfless: he is a joy to watch and to listen to.
Highlights of the performance were: Mr. Nebe’s singing Sonnet 18 – “Shall I compare thee” has rarely sounded so beautiful and it becomes evident that this sonnet could have been dedicated to a variety of persons as well as to his eternal craft; and his engaging story of the writing of “Romeo and Juliet.”
“William” celebrates not only the life of Shakespeare and his work but also consecrates an era of creativity and compassion, and era where “water cools not love”.

David Roberts Theatre Reviews Limited


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