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The Shakespeare Plays is a screenplay for the first complete biopic of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer who ever lived (and in the opinion of many, the greatest human being who ever lived). There have been fantasies and fictions, such as Shakespeare in Love, and scurrilous attempts to portray others as the author of Shakespeare's work, such as Anonymous, but The Shakespeare Plays tells the full story of Shakespeare's life - and work - for the first time.

The Shakespeare Plays is available in two versions: the full-length version; and the two-part version. There is also another screenplay, Hemings and Condell, which tells the story of Shakespeare through the eyes of his best friends and fellow players, John Hemings and Henry Condell.



Martin Keady is an award-winning dramatist, journalist, poet and lyricist. As a dramatist, his major credits include: Man of Colour, a biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black professional footballers who subsequently became a hero of WWI, which won the inaugural BIFFA (Bristol Independent Film Festival Award) for Screenwriting 2018; The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: The Gil Scott-Heron Story, a play for the award-winning Nouveau Riché theatre company (Nouveau Riché @infonvrch); Moon The Loon, a play about Keith Moon, the legendary Who drummer, which premiered at The Edinburgh Festival; The Final, a short film about the famous ending of the 1979 FA Cup Final, which was broadcast on Channel Four; and an award-winning play for children, Three Tragedies, about some of Shakespeare’s minor characters, which is published online at:

As a journalist, he writes extensively for a number of print and online publications, including on screenwriting and television writing for The Script Lab, on tennis for Last Word On Tennis and on the Olympics and politics for

As a poet, he has written Shards, a collection of short poems, extracts from which have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four and published in the inaugural "Poets Issue" of KollideZine magazine. And as a lyricist, he co-wrote a WWI lament, Dreaming of England, with the composer Barnaby Robson - Dreaming of England on Spotify.

Martin has Masters Degrees in English Literature from Cambridge University, in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Avon, and in Playwriting from The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Having lived in Los Angeles and in Ireland, he now lives in London with his wife and three children.

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