Shakespeare in Love extends booking to 27 Jun 2015
The production originally opened on 23 July 2014 following previews from 2 July 2014 to generally good reviews, with many praising the adaptation and design: "The best British comedy since One Man, Two Guvnors and deserves equal success." (The Telegraph); "a swooning, skittish delight" (Daily Mail).
The play is based on the Academy Award®-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Featuring a company of 28 actors, musicians, and a dog, it is one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End.
Orlando James stars in the lead role of Will Shakespeare opposite Eve Ponsonby who plays his muse, Viola De Lesseps. They are joined by Nicholas Asbury (Wessex), Neal Barry (Henslowe), Richard Bremmer (Tilney and Sir Robert De Lesseps), Paul Brennen (Fennyman), Suzanne Burden (Queen Elizabeth), Ryan Donaldson (Ned Alleyn), Edward Franklin (Marlowe), Ncuti Gatwa (Wabash), Gregg Lowe (Sam), Andy McKeane (Ralph), Peter Moreton (Burbage), Joy Richardson (Nurse), Charlie Tighe (Nol), and Stuart Wilde (Webster).
"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."
Shakespeare in Love is directed by Declan Donnellan and features designs by Nick Ormerod, music by Paddy Cunneen, choreography by Jane Gibson, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Simon Baker. It is produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions.