Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love is the sumptuous new stage production of the much-loved movie, now playing at the Noel Coward Theatre.

A brand new stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) based on the original Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, has burst on to the stage of the Noel Coward Theatre this Summer.

Staged by the award-winning Cheek by Jowl creative team of director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod, this delightful romantic comedy features a cast of over 30 actors and musicians.

The Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson and won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.

This romantic comedy transports audiences back to Shakespeare’s London in a production that is full of energy, colour, spectacle and love.

CAST

Shakespeare in Love stars  Orlando James as Will Shakespeare and Eve Ponsonby as Viola De Lesseps, alongside Suzanne Burden as Queen Elizabeth (played in the movie by Judi Dench), Nicholas Asbury as Wessex, Neal Barry as Henslowe, Richard Bremmer as Tilney and Sir Robert De Lesseps, Paul Brennen as Fennyman, Ryan Donaldsonas Ned Alleyn, Edward Franklin as Marlowe, Ncuti Gatwa as Wabash, Gregg Lowe as Sam, Andy McKeane as Ralph, Peter Moreton as Burbage, Joy Richardson as Nurse, Charlie Tighe as Nol, and Stuart Wilde as Webster. The ensemble will include Aaron Anthony, Jonno Davies, Peter Hannah, Nick Hart, Joshua Higgott, Sioned Jones, Sandy Murray, Ellie Nunn, Thomas Padden, Stevie Raine, Elliot Rennie and Florence Roberts.

STORY

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.

REVIEWS

★★★★★ ‘A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF THEATRE ITSELF.’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘DELICIOUSLY FUNNY. MAKES YOU FEEL GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE.’ The Independent
★★★★★ ‘A SWOONING DELIGHT. TERRIFIC.’ Daily Mail
★★★★★ ‘THE BEST BRITISH COMEDY SINCE ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘AN ABSOLUTE JOY FROM BEGINNING TO END.’ Daily Express
★★★★★ ‘A RIOTOUSLY ENJOYABLE EVENING AT THE THEATRE.’ The Sunday Times