facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

In rehearsal: Shakespeare In Love starring Eve Ponsonby

First Published 30 December 2014, Last Updated 6 June 2018

We’re not sure what poses more of a challenge; originating stage roles first made famous on screen by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes or being tasked with taking over from the pair who successfully did just that, putting their own stamp on Shakespeare In Love’s Viola and Will when it first opened at the Noël Coward Theatre to critical acclaim this summer. 

As we sit at home scoffing the last of the selection packs and lonely mince pies, this is exactly what Eve Ponsonby and Orlando James are busy preparing to do. With a entirely new cast for the hugely successful romantic comedy Shakespeare In Love set to take over from 12 January, the massive company – all 28 of them  – are busy rehearsing with director Declan Donnellan.

Photographer Helen Maybanks snuck into rehearsals to see how things are shaping up. Take a look at her photos in the gallery above for a peek as to what the next Viola and Will are set to bring to the much-loved tale of a case of writer’s block and an unlikely muse.

You can book tickets to see Shakespeare In Love through us here or, for performances from 1 January to 13 February, through our discount ticket promotion Get Into London Theatre.


Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.