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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 January 2015 onwards

All the productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.
Updated
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

Theatre Royal, York. Directed by George Costigan. Niamh Cusack (Cleopatra), Paterson Joseph (Antony). 22 February (01904 623568). Rehearsed reading. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

The Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 23 April – 2 May  (01603 620917).  www.maddermarket.co.uk [A]

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 15 May – 5 September (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

New Venture Theatre, Brighton. 16 – 24 January. (01273 746 118) www.newventure.org.uk [P]

Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Directed by Terry Hands. Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, 5 February - 7 March (0845 330 3565) www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk ; New Theatre, Cardiff, 10 - 14 March (029 2087 8889). www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/ [P]

Ninagawa Company. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, London. 21 – 24 May. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

Sonia Friedman Productions.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet). Barbican, London, 5 August – 31 October (0845 120 7550).  [P]

Adaptations

New
Hamlet. Adapted by Nick Pelas. This version of the play by re-creates a night of murder, madness and mayhem in Elsinore Castle and gives a new twist to the tale. Baron’s Court Theatre, London, 6 – 18 January, (020 8932 4747). [P]

The Lion King. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Lyceum Theatre, London, 24 September 1999 – (0870 243 9000); “A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa.” [P]

The Lion King Tour. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 November - 11 January 2015 (08700 402000) www.wmc.org.uk; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January – 22 February (0870 401 3000) www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk [P]

New
Hamlet Diagnosis. Companyia Pelmānec. St Peter’s School, York, 11 – 12 May (01904 623568). “A troubled young man, a blowsy mother, a naive young girl, and Max – dressed in the uniform of the asylum. One actor, playing not only himself, but all four characters. A mesmerising combination of visual imagery, film, astounding puppetry and emotionally charged acting. Max wants to be Hamlet. He wants Shakespeare to make decisions for him, speak for him, liberate him from his pain and his fear through the words of his most complex and analyzed characters. Day after day, he becomes the director, encouraging and controling his nightmares as a puppeteer.
Virtuosic Catalan actor and puppeteer Miquel Gallardo adds a thought-provoking and moving layer to Shakespeare’s exploration of a character full of confusion.” [In Spanish with English subtitles]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

New
Prince H. Universe. Parrabbola in association with Hamletscenen from Helsingoer Denmark. Written and directed by Lars Romann Engel. Friargate Theatre, York, 9 - 10 May (01904 623568) “In the Hamlet Family Talkshow studio – Prince H.is in the presenter’s chair.

As Prince H. tells stories from his own turbulent life, and interviews his audiences about their experiences, universal issues are discussed warmly and unpretentiously in ways that connect both with Prince H.’s world, and with that of the audience.

This production is the English language version of an interlinked series of European productions of Prince H. Universe in various languages which has so far involved, Danish, Swedish, Polish and Catalan – under the framework of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

Henry IV, pt.1

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. 3 – 7 March. (01332 255800). http://derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Henry V

The Marlowe Society. Directed by Lisa Blair. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2 – 7 February. Further details TBA. [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 31 January – 7 February (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk/ccsl/redgrave [A]

King John

Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Directed by James Dacre. Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 24 April – 16 May (01604 624 811); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 28 June (020 7401 9919). www.royalandderngate.co.uk www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

King Lear

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey. Brian Blessed (King Lear), Rosalind Blessed (Goneril). 17 January – 7 February. (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). Viaduct, Halifax, 4 – 7 March 2015 (01422 255 266); Hull Truck, Hull, 10 – 14 March (01482 323 638); Theatre Royal, Bath, 17 – 21 March (01225 448 844); Everyman, Cheltenham, 24 – 28 March (01242 572 573); West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 8 – 18 April (0113 213 7700); Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, 21 – 25 April (01723 370 541); Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 2 May (0151 709 4776); Lowry, Salford, 5 – 9 May (0843 208 6000); TFTV Mainstage, University of York, Campus East, 12 – 16 May (01904 623568); Rose, Kingston, 19 -23 May (020 8174 0090); New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 27 May – 13 June (01782 717 962). www.northern-broadsides.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

New
Songs of Lear. Song of the Goat Theatre. Battersea Arts Centre, London. 19 - 22 February (020 7223 2223). Songs of Lear is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’ and the music becomes characters, relationships and events.” www.bac.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Royal Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Christopher Luscombe.  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 September – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Macbeth

Cambridge University European Theatre Group. Directed by Nicholas Hulbert. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 13 – 17 January (01223 300085). http://etg.soc.srcf.net [A]

Updated
Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Composed by Tom Haines. Citizens, Glasgow, 20 – 31 January 2015 (0141 429 0022); Vaults, Waterloo, London, 4 – 15 February (0207 620 3364); Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 17 - 21 February; The Playhouse, Oxford, 24 - 28 February; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 2 - 7 March; Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 17 - 18 March. . www.filtertheatre.com [P]

Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 – 23 August (020 7401 9919). [Performed in Cantonese with scene synopses in English]. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

Adaptations

Lost Theatre. Directed by David Shopland. Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, 10 February – 1 March. (0207 720 6897). David Shopland’s Macbeth is a sparse and gripping view of the play through the eyes of a grieving couple. This is not a story about war and witches, but the heartbreaking destruction of a marriage. It is a 400 year old domestic drama that highlights the same base emotions we all feel throughout our lives. This play’s horror lies in its humanity. http://losttheatre.co.uk [A]

New
Tara Arts (in association with Queen's Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live). Directed by  Jatinder Verma. Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 25 - 27 February (01434 652477); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 3 March (01484 430528); Theatre Royal, Margate, 6 - 7 March (01843 292795); The Opera House, Buxton, 10 March (0845 127 2190); Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 12 - 14 March (01792 60 20 60); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 17 - 18 March (0844 406 8666); Arts Depot, London, 20 - 21 March (020 8369 5454); Stratford Circus, London, 26 - 28 March (0844 357 2625); Theatre Royal, Windsor 7 - 11 April (01753 853 888); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 14 - 18 April (01284 769505); Derby Theatre, Derby, 21  - 25 April (01332 593939); Key Theatre, Peterborough, 28 - 29 April (01733 207239); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 5 - 9 May (01423 502 116). http://tara-arts.com [P]

Wyrd Sisters. Written by Stephen Briggs. Chelmsford Theatre Workshop. Old Fort Theatre, Chelmsford, 15 – 18; 22 – 25 April (01245 606505). http://chelmsfordtheatreworkshop.wordpress.com/contact-us/ [A]

Measure for Measure

Cheek by Jowl (Russian Ensemble). Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Theatre, London. 15 – 25 April. (0845 120 7550); Playhouse, Oxford 28 April – 2 May. (01865 305305) www.barbican.org.uk www.oxfordplayhouse.com  [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. 20 June – 17 October (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Almeida Theatre, London. Directed by Rupert Goold. Ian McDiarmid (Shylock). 5 December – 14 February. (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk [P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, 19 - 28 February (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk.com/ccsl/redgrave [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby, 23 April – 7 June, 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015][P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon. Directed by Polly Findlay. 14 May - 2 September 2015. (0870 60901110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players, 14 – 25 July 2015 www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Harrogate Dramatic Society. Harrogate Studio Theatre, Harrogate, 28 – 31 January (01423 502116). www.hds-online.co.uk/ [A]

Shakespeare at the George. Directed by Steph Hamer. 23 June – 4 July 2015. [Part of the RSC Open Stages.] www.satg.org.uk [A]

Adaptation

Falstaff.  Opera.  Music by Giuseppe Verdi.  Lyrics by Arrigo Boito.  Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, and Canadian Opera Company.  Royal Opera House, London, 6 – 18 July (020 7304 4000).  www.roh.org.uk [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 21 March – 18 April (0151 709 4776). www.everymanplayhouse.com [P]

New
Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, 19 June; Bradgate Park - Newton Linford, Leicester, 21 June (0116 234 1850); Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 4 July (0844 249 1895); Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, 8 July (0121 454 1860); Skerries Mills, Skerries, County Dublin, 25 July (01 8495208); Erddig (National Trust property), Wrexham 1 August (0844 249 1895); Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland 19 August (01661 881 636); Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset, 28 August (01305 848 363). www.chapterhouse.org. [P]

Adaptations

New
Shakespeare4Kidz. Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 13 - 14 January; The Hawth, Crawley, 15 January; The Lowry, Quays Theatre, Salford, 19 January; Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 20 January; Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough, 21 – 22 January; Sands Centre, Carlisle, 23 January. www.shakespeare4kidz.com [P].

New
Arcola Theatre Company. Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare’s original words, and a new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company. Arcola Theatre, London, 20 – 24 January, (020 7503 1646). www.arcolatheatre.com [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company and Garsington Opera. Incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn. Directed by Douglas Boyd and Gregory Doran. Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe, 16 – 18 July; Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 26 July (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Royal Shakespeare Company. (Billed as “Love’s Labour’s Won” to pair with Love’s Labour’s Lost). Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 October – 14 March (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Reading Between the Lines. Directed by Hal Chambers. Greenwich Theatre, London, 27 – 28 February (020 8858 7755).  www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

Hillbark Players. Directed by Martin Riley. Royden Park, Frankby, nr West Kirby, The Wirral.  22 – 27 June www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk [A]

New
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Stafford Castle, 25 June – 11 July, (01785 619 080). http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster, 10 August – 12 September, (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

Othello

Frantic Assembly.  Directed by Scott Graham. Lyric Hammersmith, London, 13 January - 7 February (020 8741 6850).  www.franticassembly.co.uk/  [P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Iqbal Khan. 4 June – 28 August. (0870 609 1110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin, 11 July – 18 October (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

Richard III

 The Cotswold Arcadians. Directed by David Sherratt. Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire, 20 - 25 July. Open-air production. www.arcadians.org [A]

National Theatre of China. Directed by Wang Ziaoying. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 20-25 July (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [Performed in Mandarin with scene synopses in English.] [P]

Adaptation

New
New Venture Theatre. Directed by Scott Roberts. New Venture Theatre, Studio, Brighton, 3 – 4 April (no telephone booking). Rehearsed reading of abridged version.  www.newventure.org.uk. [A]

Romeo and Juliet

 The Faction. New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, London, 6 January – 28 February. (0844 2090 344) www.newdiorama.com [P]

Gone Rogue Productions. 11 – 14 February. (023 8067 1771) www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet [A]

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Polina Kalinina. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 February – 4 April. (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

Rose Theatre, Kingston, 28 February – 21 March. (08444 821 556) www.resetheatrekingston.org [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. 27 April – 8 May (followed by tour) (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Music by Sergei Prokofiev. Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 4 January (01223 357 851). www.cornex.co.uk/ [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (Ballet). Ballet West Company. Corran Halls, Oban, 23-24 January (01631 567333); Macrobert, Stirling, 30-31 January (01786 466666) www.macrobert.org; Howden Park Theatre, Livingston, 5 February (01506 777666) www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk; Paisley Town Hall, 7 February (0300 3001210) www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking; Beacon Arts Theatre, Greenock, 8 February (01475 723723) www.beaconartscentre.co.uk; Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 12 February (0131 6652240) www.bruntontheatre.co.uk; Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 14 February, (0844 3954000) www.secc.co.uk www.balletwest.co.uk  [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Bad Boys of Dance. Choreographed by Adrienne Canterna, directed by Rasta Thomas. Sadlers' Wells, Peacock Theatre, London, 3 - 29 March (0844 412 4322). www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/rasta-thomas-romeo-juliet [P]

New
Romeo and Rosaline by Sharon Jennings. Directed by Matthew Gould. Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham, London, 27 January  -  14 February (0333 666 3366). www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk [A]

New
Box Clever Theatre Company. Adapted by Michael Wicherek and OneNess. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Blends the original text with contemporary language. Drill Hall, London, 12 January, (01522 873 894). www.boxclevertheatre.co.uk [P]

New
The Flanagan Collective in association with York Theatre Royal. St Olave’s Church, York, 7 – 23 May (01904 623568) “a candle-lit, foot-stomping and heart-wrenching telling of Shakespeare’s homage to young love and tragic romance. Infused with live music, soaring harmonies and good, honest storytelling.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

New
West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Students from the University of Oxford. The Playhouse, Oxford, 4 – 7 February, (01865 305305). www.oxfordplayhouse.com [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

New
Two Gents Productions. Friargate Theatre, York, 15 – 16 May (01904 623568). www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

 Adaptations

New
Arrows and Traps. Adapted and directed by Ross McGregor. New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, Wimbledon, 26 May - 20 June (0870 060 6646). “Staged as a play within a play, where roles are swapped and lines are traded, Arrows and Traps re-imagine the classic tale of the Taming of the Shrew with a full cast gender inversion that flips the whole story on its head.” [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Bourneville Musical Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. 12-16 May www.bmtcweb.co.uk [A]

Kiss Me Kate. Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Directed by Madeleine Heyes. 29 – 31 January West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. www.camdram.net/shows/2015-kiss-me-kate [A]

The Tempest

The Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight, 15 – 23 May (01983 527 267). www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/the-tempest  [P]

New
Brownsea Open Air Theatre, Poole, Dorset. Directed by Neil Mathieson. 22 July – 7 August (01202 251987). www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Directed by Bob Carlton. Theatre Royal, Brighton, 20 - 24 January; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 26 - 31 January; The Orchard, Dartford, 2 - 7 February; King's Theatre, Glasgow, 9 - 14 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 February; The Auditorium, Grimsby, 23 - 28 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 March; Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 - 21 March; New Theatre (formerly known as Apollo Theatre), Oxford, 30 March - 4th April; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (01708 433 333). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

New
This Last Tempest. Fuel Theatre Company and Uninvited Guests Theatre Company. This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island. Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 23 - 24 January (020 7228 6688) www.fueltheatre.com/artists/uninvited-guests [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

New
Smooth Faced Gentlemen. Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater. Greenwich Theatre, London, 28 April – 2 May (020 8858 7755). All-female production. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Moors Theatre, Crouch End, London, 5 - 11 January (020 8348 4161). http://moorstheatre.webs.com [P]

Brighton Little Theatre. Directed by Tess Gill. Brighton Little Theatre, 23 - 27 June (0844 888 0432); Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 5 July (01273 486 290).  www.brightonlittletheatre.com [A]

New
Swan Theatre, Yeovil. Directed by Ian White. 14 – 19 September (07500 376031). http://swan-theatre.co.uk [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 9 December – 3 January 2015 (08444 771 000).  www.giantolive.com [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi.  The Royal Opera House, London. 6 – 18 July. (0207 304 4000) www.roh.org.uk [P]

The Famous Victories of Henry V. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 June (followed by UK tour, June – July) (0844 800 1110). Adaptation of extracts from Henry IV parts I and II and Henry V. [Part of First Encounters, Shakespeare for Younger Audiences]. www.rsc.org.uk. [P]

New
The Herbal Bed. Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Written by Peter Whelan. Directed by
Emma Lucia. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 5 – 28 March (0845 330 3565). www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk. [P].

Shakespeare in Love. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Tom Bateman (Shakespeare, Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola). Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – ongoing. ‘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.’ http://shakespeareinlove.com/  [P]

 

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