Early this spring the world stopped to mark a very important date in the literary world—the 400th anniversary of playwright William Shakespeare’s death. And next week PBS Distribution will release a program originally aired on PBS in conjunction with the anniversary in the form of Shakespeare’s Tomb.
Shakespeare’s Tomb will be released next Tuesday, July 12th. It will be available exclusively on DVD. The program follows Dr. Helen Castor and a team of researchers as they make their first investigation into what is believed to be Shakespeare’s burial site. The investigation centers on a skull found in a crypt beneath a country church in England. Castor and company have set out to find out if the skull is in fact that of Shakespeare and if the body contained in the grave is also that of the legendary playwright. The reason for the investigation is that there is a 19th Century story stating that Shakespeare’s skull was stolen by trophy hunters some 100 years prior. As a result of the alleged grave robbing a curse has said to have been put on anyone that should move the bones from the grave. The curse is etched onto a stone at the grave. It reads, “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.” It is a fitting tale for any bibliophile’s Halloween party and an equally intriguing tale for any Shakespeare aficionado.
Shakespeare’s Tomb will be released next Tuesday, July 12th. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can be ordered direct online at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:
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