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In Pictures: Shakespeare In Love

First Published 7 July 2014, Last Updated 7 July 2014

Back in 1999, following the screen premiere of Shakespeare In Love, the star-studded romantic comedy film won seven Oscars, including the award for Best Costume Design.

15 years on, you’ll forgive us for being ever so slightly impatient to see Nick Ormerod’s dazzling Elizabethan-inspired creations in all their glory on stage. It’s been a long time coming but we can finally reveal Tom Bateman, Lucy Briggs-Owen and the cast of Lee Hall’s stage adaptation in full 16th century garb as they begin preview performances at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Sumptuous fabrics and intricate detail prevails in the show’s incredible production images. For the boys, there are ornate overcoats, knee-length breeches and doublets and, for the girls, full-length gowns with tight-fitting bodices and dome-shaped skirts. Even a classic Elizabethan ruff can be spotted in the background of one of Johan Persson’s shots.

In fact, there is so much to admire in Shakespeare In Love’s production photographs, there’s no risk of writer’s block when it comes to describing their contents. However, better than our long wordy descriptions and elaborate use of adjectives is seeing Ormerod’s elegant costumes for yourselves, so take a look at our gallery above.

The heart-warming and passionate tale about the famous playwright as he struggles to put the greatest love story of all time down on paper is adapted from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Academy Award-winning screenplay and is booking at the Noël Coward Theatre until 25 October.

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