Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

by  Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman, Lee Hall,

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  18m, 6f

5 STARS! "Funny, often genuinley 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
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    18m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

5 STARS! "Funny, often genuinley 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, Read More 

5 STARS! "An absolute joy from beginning to end!" - Daily Express, Read More 

"There's the elating sense that the material--with its rivalry between the public playhouses echoing between the Monatgues and the Capulets--is reveling in it's natural elements in the theatre...It makes you feel grateful to be alive." - The Independent, Read More 

"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 love with Shakespeare." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

Videos

  • Shakespeare in Love Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

    This title is currently restricted. Please submit a license request to determine availability.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Multiple locations in and around Elizabethan London

  • Additional Features: Animal spot, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

18m, 6f

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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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Shakespeare in Love - 4 Full Scores
Shakespeare in Love - Rehearsal Piano
Performance tracks with all recorded music.

Vocal parts for the actors are available at the end of the acting edition.


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Authors

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in 2015. He wrote his first play, Enter a Free Man, whilst working as a journalist in Bristol. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves ...

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Marc Norman

Marc Norman

Lee Hall

Lee Hall was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966 and studied English Literature at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in theatre, TV, radio and film. He has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Theatre: Wittgenstein on Tyne, Live Theatre 1996; Bol ...

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Shakespeare in Love premiered on the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre in London in July 2014 under the direction of Declan Donnellan.

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