All Is True (2019)

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Drama. On 29 June 1613, William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London burns down during a performance of the play advertised under the title 'All Is True' (aka 'Life of Henry the Eighth'). The playwright subsequently returns to his country house in Stratford upon Avon. His wife Anne and daughters Susannah (unhappily married to Puritan John Hall) and Judith (unhappy twin of Shakespeare's late son Hamnet) find it hard to welcome him warmly, as he has been largely absent for the past twenty years. So unfamiliar is he to them that Anne has him sleep in the guest room, on their 'best bed'. Deciding to write no more, he aims to create a garden to honour the memory of Hamnet, who died aged eleven, and whose youthful poems Shakespeare cherishes dearly. As he gardens, he comes to learn some family history which shocks him deeply. As time passes, the whole family's lives are gradually altered, not without pain, by the famous father's return and attempts at reconciliation.

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