Friday, 27 March 2015

Shakespeare in Love confirms West End closing date

Orlando James & Eve Ponsonby 
As Shakespeare in Love enters its final weeks at the Noël Coward Theatre, it has been confirmed that the play will complete its run on Saturday 18th April 2015 having played more than 330 performances since its West End premiere in 2014.

The production has been nominated for ‘Best New Comedy’ in this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual Awards ceremony which will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12th April 2015. 

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.

Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions and based on the Academy Award®-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Featuring a company of 28 actors, musicians, and a dog - one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End - this new play is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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