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Shakespeare In Love at the Noël Coward theatre

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This stage adaptation of the hugely popular 1998 romantic comedy is brought to the London stage starring Orlando James and Eve Ponsonby. Read More >

This stage adaptation of the hugely popular 1998 romantic comedy is brought to the London stage starring Orlando James and Eve Ponsonby.

Adapted by Tony Award-winning writer Lee Hall, Shakespeare In Love brings to life the heart-warming and passionate story about the famous playwright as he struggles with writer’s block. Then inspiration arrives in the form of Viola De Lesseps and, as his forbidden love for the noblewoman escalates, it draws in all manner of characters and leads to the writing of the world’s greatest love story.

Directed by Declan Donnellan, James and Ponsonby take on the roles made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in the hit film. Playing the eponymous playwright, James has previously appeared in the West End in The Madness of George III and Another Country.

Ponsonby, who plays love interest and muse Viola De Lesseps, has previously appeared in Longing at Hampstead Theatre and The Children’s Hour in the West End.

The pair previously performed together under Donnellan’s directorship in the Cheek By Jowl production of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 02/07/2014

Opening Night: 23/07/2014

Booking Until: 18/04/2015

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Orlando James, Eve Ponsonby, Nicholas Asbury, Neal Barry, Richard Bremmer, Paul Brennen, Suzanne Burden, Ryan Donaldson, Edward Franklin, Ncuti Gatwa, Gregg Lowe, Andy McKeane, Peter Moreton, Joy Richardson, Charlie Tighe, Stuart Wilde, Aaron Anthony, Jonno Davies, Peter Hannah, Nick Hart, Joshua Higgott, Sioned Jones, Sandy Murray, Ellie Nunn, Thomas Padden, Stevie Raine, Elliot Rennie, Florence Roberts, Barney


Director - Declan Donnellan

Producer - Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions

Designer - Nick Ormerod

Author - Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard

About Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom WC2N 4AA

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