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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Theatre@41 Monkgate, York

"I would stay asleep all my life if I could dream myself into a company of players"

 

Lee Hall's stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, the Oscar-winning film written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, is a rollicking celebration of the joys of theatre.

 

It's a love story about struggling young playwright Will Shakespeare and a feisty, free-thinking young noblewoman who helps him overcome his writer's block and becomes his muse.

 

And it's a love letter to the stage itself – bursting with humour, wonderful characters and theatrical allusions.

 

Viola de Lesseps is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing – including breaking the law and dressing as a boy actor – 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, inspiring him to write his greatest romantic masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet.

 

Funny and moving in equal measures, the stage version of Shakespeare in Love was acclaimed as "riotously enjoyable" and a show that "makes you feel grateful to be alive" when it premiered in London in 2014.

1-9 April 2022

Adapted for the stage by

Lee Hall based on the screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman

Directed by

Mark Hird

Musical direction by

Natalie Walker

Produced and designed  by

Robert Readman

CAST

Will Shakespeare

George Stagnell

Viola de Lesseps 

Sanna Buck

Henslowe

Ian Giles

Fennyman

Andrew Isherwood

Richard Burbage

Tony Froud

Ned Alleyn 

Robert Readman

Kit Marlowe

Adam Price

Wessex

Jim Paterson

Queen Elizabeth

Joy Warner

Nurse

Beryl Nairn

Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps

Neil Foster 

John Webster

Guy Wilson

Ralph

Andrew Roberts

Wabash

James Coldrick

Robin

Tom Riddolls

Sam

Ben Weir

Nol

Jack Moran

Adam

Miles Duncan

Peter

Mark Simmonds

Acting and musical ensemble

Sonia Di Lorenzo

Emma Godivala

Terry Hunter

Natalie Walker

Jennie Wogan

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