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Prescott: The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is presenting “Strolling Player” free April 23-26

Friday, April 23, 2021

William Shakespeare is 457 years old today!!To celebrate, we are making STROLLING PLAYER -THE FILM available to watch for FREE online this weekend, 23rd - 26th April. 


The Show
"Memory is a complicated thing. A relative to truth, but not its twin"

From entranced boy at his father's theatre to actor bringing Shakespeare to the White House, through death and divorce, Oscar Wilde and Harvey Fierstein, falling off the stage and falling in love, Richard Sheridan Willis recounts the passions and absurdities of one actor's life. 

The Programme

Strolling Player is a kaleidoscope of vivid personal memories from a long vibrant career and hectic personal life, with speeches from Shakespeare, Webster, Shaw, Wilde and more commenting on the action. Cast list includes filmstars, knights of the United Kingdom, an American president and a number of ex-wives. Strolling Player provides a unique personal journey through the magic of story-telling, drama and theatre.

About Richard (Sheridan) Willis

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon on purpose, Richard Sheridan Willis was given the Complete Works of Shakespeare as a christening present and dedicated to the theatre by his actor-director parents. He was on stage from the age of six, and after a TV and film career as a child actor, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. From London's West End to Off-Broadway and the White House, he has performed Shakespeare, Ibsen and Wilde, through to Morris Panych, David Mamet and Tom Stoppard. Television appearances include Dr. Who, Law & Order, and Flashpoint. Love brought him to Canada, where he performed most recently in the Toronto production of The Railway Children.

Photo: Richard Sheridan Willis on cover of Strolling Player. © 2017 CreateSpace.