Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, London

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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


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 25 October 2014

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Venue Information

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
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New cast announced for Shakespeare in Love
Orlando James and Eve Ponsonby to join the cast of Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2015. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Orlando James[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="140"] Eve Ponsonby[/caption] Disney’s lavish new production of Shakespeare in Love, currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, has announced a new cast for its 2015 run. The show will see Orlando James join the cast of Shakespeare in Love in the starring role of Will Shakespeare from 12 January 2015, joined by Eve Ponsonby as his romantic muse Viola De Lesseps. They replace current stars of the show Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen. This critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love is based on the Oscar winning movie that starred Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow and featured a screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. It is adapted for the theatre by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall. The full cast of 28 actors and musicians will include Nicholas Asbury as Wessex, Neal Barry as Henslowe, Richard Bremmer as Tilney and Sir Robert De Lesseps, Paul Brennen as Fennyman, Suzanne Burden as Queen Elizabeth, 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. The starring pair are well known to the show’s director Declan Donnellan and designer by Nick Ormerod having starred in Cheek by Jowl’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Orlando's stage credits include Another Country at Chichester, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, and The Duchess of Malfi. Eve is best known for appearing in TV drama The White Queen. Shakespeare in Love opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in July 2014, and is now booking to 18 April 2015. BOOK Book tickets to Shakespeare in Love opened at the Noel Coward Theatre
Reviews of Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
Reviews round-up for Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre in London [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre[/caption] Shakespeare in Love opens ronight (23 July 2014) at the Noel Coward Theatre. Disney and Sonia Friedman are behind this big-budget and lavish new stage adaptation of the Oscar winning movie, which has been adapted for the stage by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay. Shakespeare in Love is directed and designed by the acclaimed theatrical partnership of Cheek by Jowl's Declan Donellan and Nick Ormerod and includes a cast of over 30 actors and musicians. A strong cast includes Da Vinci’s Demons star Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lesseps in the romantic leading roles, and acting heavyweights Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth and Paul Chahidi (flush from his Tony award nomination) as Henslowe. Reviews of Shakespeare in Love Reviews of the press night (23 July 2014) to be added shortly. EARLY REVIEWS (Note: these are of preview performances, which is a practice not condoned by most legit press) DAILY MAIL (Baz Bamigboye) "The romantic leads, played by Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen, were utterly charming." " The show is poignant and comically delicious, and has been cast to the rafters with sublime actors (including Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth I) by director Declan Donnellan and casting director Siobhan Bracke." BOOK Book tickets to Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – More cast announced including Anna Carteret
More casting has been announced for the new stage adaptation of Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love. Playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2 July 2014, the show will feature veteran actress Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth, the part that won Judi Dench an Oscar in 1999. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Anna Carteret to play Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love[/caption] Paul Chahidi will take on the role of Henslowe, played in the movie by Geoffrey Rush. They will be joined by the previously announced leading actors Tom Bateman, playing Will Shakespeare following Joseph Fiennes in the movie and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lesseps, played by Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow in the film. The cast will also feature Ian Bartholomew as Tilney, Tony Bell as Ralph, David Ganley as Burbage, Richard Howard as Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine as Sam, Abigail McKern as Nurse, David Oakes as Marlowe, Patrick Osborne as Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie as Wessex, Doug Rao as Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts as Fennyman and Colin Ryan as John Webster. Further cast include Daisy Boulton, Ryan Donaldson, Janet Fullerlove, Sandy Murray, Timothy O'Hara, Thomas Padden, Elliott Rennie, Charlie Tighe and Tim Van Eyken. Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare in Love is to be directed by Cheek by Jowl's Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod and features a stage adaptation by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's Academy Award-winning screenplay. The play will include a company of over 30 actors and musicians, and promises to be a sweeping romantic comedy teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life. LINKS Read more about the cast of Shakespeare in Love BOOK Book tickets to Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

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