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Shakespeare in Love

FIVE STARS! "Funny, often genuinely moving, and generates a glow you could warms your hands by... The best British comedy since One Man, Two Guvnors and deserves equal success."

Daily Telegraph

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  • Full Length Play
  • Dramatic Comedy, Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, College Theatre / Student
Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse -- Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will's greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.

Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will's love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

REVIEWS:

FIVE STARS! "Funny, often genuinely moving, and generates a glow you could warm your hands by... The best British comedy since One Man, Two Guvnors and deserves equal success."

 Daily Telegraph

FIVE STARS! "An absolute joy from beginning to end!"

 Daily Express

"There's the elating sense that the material -- with its rivalry between the public playhouse echoing between the Montagues and the Capulets -- is revealing in it's natural elements in the theatre... It makes you feel grateful to be alive."

 The Independent

"Marvelously fluid, riotously funny, and often intensely, even startlingly poignant... This may be, in part at least, a comedy about Shakespeare falling in love; but joking aside, it could just make you fall, all over again, in loe with Shakespeare."

 Chicago Tribune

Premiere Production: Shakespeare in Love premiered on the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in July 2014 under the direction of Declan Donnellan.
  • Casting: 18M, 6F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Room for Extras

  • TILNEY
    WILL SHAKESPEARE
    RALPH
    KATE
    VIOLA DE LESSEPS
    QUEEN ELIZABETH
    HENSLOWE
    ROBIN / FREES
    MOLLY / MISTRESS QUICKLY
    BURBAGE
    SIR ROBERT DE LESSEPS
    SAM
    NURSE
    PETER / BARMAN
    MARLOWE
    WABASH
    ADAM / BOATMAN
    WESSEX
    NED ALLEYN
    LAMBERT / GUARD
    FENNYMAN
    WEBSTER
    NOL
    ENSEMBLE MEMBERS / MUSICIANS / ATTENDANTS
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    Shakespeare in Love (stage adaptation by Lee Hall) Script Order Now

    "I will have poetry in mt life. And adventure. And love. Love above all."

    Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

    Based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's Oscar-Winning screenplay, Lee Hall's stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love premiered in July 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre, London, in a co-production by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions.

    $24.95