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Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen to Star in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Tom Bateman will play Will Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen will play Viola De LessepsShakespeare in Love is coming to the Noel Coward Theatre, and has found its leading players.

According to press reports, Tom Bateman will star as William Shakespeare opposite Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps in the forthcoming West End adaptation by Lee Hall with Declan Donnellan directing.

It’s been reworked for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitman Painters) from the screenplay of the smash-hit 1998 movie romantic comedy by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.

The production is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, who together are the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl.

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. 

Shakespeare in Love revels in the sheer joy of love itself. Prepare to be transported to to a vibrant, vivid tableau of Shakespeare’s London, teeming with colourful characters, music and life.

Our interview with TOM BATEMAN in 2011

Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
Booking From: 2nd Jul 2014
Booking Until: 25th Oct 2014


Friday 14th February 2014


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