"That powerful instrument of error and deceit"
Welcome to my website. Here you can find out more about my work as a barrister, a novelist, an expert on rhetoric and Shakespeare’s use of language, a performer and, occasionally, an actor. Although it might seem from that list as if I have a hard time concentrating on any one thing, in fact there is a common thread: a love of language and an interest in its power to persuade, to teach, to delight and to move.
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"Ridiculously funny, breathtakingly erudite" ★★★★ - The Scotsman
"Had me crying with laughter" ★★★★★ - UK Theatre Network
"Enjoy a brilliant, witty man at his peak" ★★★★ - Chortle
The Spy of Venice
"A playful and inventive debut" - The Times
"Entertaining and ebullient" - The Daily Mail
The Assassin of Verona
"Sparkling, all-action adventure" - Lancashire Evening Post
"A clever, engaging read" - The Times
“Brandreth knows his Shakespeare backwards, rejoices in its wordplay, loves his allusions and has a good time with his characters. So did I.”
- Elizabeth Buchan, The Daily Mail