Review of ‘William Wordsworth’: a new play by Nicholas Pierpan

By Anna Mercer


We welcome Lyn Dawes to the BARS blog, and thank her for this engaging review of the new play by Nicholas Pierpan (Wolfson College, Oxford), entitled ‘William Wordsworth‘, and performed at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The play was directed by Michael Oakley.

Review: William Wordsworth by Nicholas Pierpan

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria 31 March – 22 April 2017

Parents will recognise the futility of attempting to write with children around. Little Tom Wordsworth pesters his father, hooting like an owl and dancing about; meanwhile Dorothy and Sara Hutchinson tackle the endless housework, while Mary has not emerged from her bedroom with the new baby. Eventually William gives in, not to reprimand his little boy, but to play with him – an unusual thing for a father, perhaps. But he is not writing poetry. William is writing letters in an attempt to restore his friendship with Coleridge, fractured when Coleridge left Grasmere for London and arrived to find that Wordsworth had warned their mutual friends of his expensive habits, his erratic behaviour, and the general mayhem generated around a garrulous, gregarious visitor with an addiction to taking opiates and brandy for his chronic …read more