Mortal Terror

Mortal Terror

by: Robert Brustein

by: Robert Brustein


Mortal Terror is set in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the houses of Parliament. Shakespeare, delicately balancing his allegiances to assure his own survival, is commissioned by King James to write a play to justify his right to the throne. That play is Macbeth.  

Mortal Terror is the second piece in a trilogy of plays by Robert Brustein about the life of Shakespeare. The trilogy begins with The English Channel and concludes with The Last Will



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  • Genre: Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Cast Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences


Robert Brustein

Robert Brustein served as the founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theaters, and has supervised well over two hundred productions, acting in eight and directing twelve. He has written eleven adaptations for the American Repertory Theater and ...

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