England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 kegs of gunpowder! �Shagspeare� is
commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe begin investigating the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story is at the least, iffy. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak the truth to power, and perhaps lose their heads? Take the money and lie? Is there a third option? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonance.