Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare in Love will bring together a prestigious, multi-award winning creative team. Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitman Painters), the production is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod. Donnellan and Ormerod are the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl, who have built an international reputation for innovative productions of Elizabethan, Jacobean, Restoration and European classics. Shakespeare in Love will be co-produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.
Featuring a large-scale company of talented actors and musicians, this romantic comedy promises to transport audiences back to Shakespeare’s London, teeming with characters, music and dance. A unique theatre event that revels in the sheer joy of love itself. Oh, and there’s a dog!
Performances from 2 July 2014 at NOËL COWARD THEATRE!