Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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About the show

Adapted by Lee Hall from the multi-Oscar-winning film, romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love finally comes to the stage.

Set in the 1590’s, Shakespeare in Love tells the tale of Viola de Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Idolising William Shakespeare, Viola desperately wants to act in one of Shakespeare’s plays so disguises herself as a boy by the name of Thomas Kent in order to audition.

Becoming spooked at her audition, Viola runs home whilst still dressed as the boy. Shakespeare himself pursues the “boy” all the way to Viola’s house, where he meets her in her true form unaware that the boy he wants in his play was really Viola in disguise. On meeting Viola, Shakespeare becomes besotted with her and aims to win her affections.

As her identity is revealed, the pair begin a love affair, despite her betrothal to Lord Wessex and Shakespeare’s own status as a married man. As well as sneaking around, Viola continues to pretend to be male so she can perform in a new play her lover is writing - which turns out to be Romeo and Juliet. Can the pair keep their affair a secret? Will Thomas Kent’s identity be revealed and will Shakespeare ever finish that darned play?

Shakespeare in Love is directed by Declan Donnellan with original music by Paddy Cunneen and designs by Nick Ormerod. The show is produced by Sonia Freidman and Disney.

Recommended for

Fans of William Shakespeare will either love or loath his portrayal in this show! Fans of classic romances such as Phantom of the Opera are likely to enjoy the show.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+

Dates and times

Running time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including interval.
Opened: 02 Jul 2014
Press night: 23 Jul 2014
Booking from: 27 Mar 2015
Booking until: 18 Apr 2015

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

14 Reviews Add review

SDTopper 5"8, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A great take on how the famous love story of the amazing playwright was created. Based on the film, it's a brilliant story with laughs,... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

joeflaherty 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

joeflaherty 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

theetrebug 171cm, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

loriratia 168cm, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very funny show. I would watch it again if I could.

emilinapilchard 5ft 6, 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Enjoyed the play even more than the film - casting was superb. I wanted to see it again as soon as I left the theatre.

SaraSparrow 5'8", 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

benmcquigg 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote