Shakespeare in Love
based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
music by Paddy Cunneen
directed by Marc Masterson
SEGERSTROM STAGE
January 13, 2018 - February 10, 2018

Shakespeare_584x3124 for $100

Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy—a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing—including breaking the law—to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph).

Previews: January 13–18, 2018
First Night: January 19, 2018
Regular Performances: January 20–February 10, 2018

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

​Shakespeare in Love is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Lee Hall was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom, in 1966. His acclaimed play, Spoonface Steinberg (1997), a monologue for a nine-year-old autistic girl dying of cancer, was first broadcast by BBC Four. He subsequently adapted the play for television in 1998 and for the stage in 2000. He was appointed as a one-year writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999 under the Pearson Playwrights Scheme Award. Cooking with Elvis (2000), adapted from the play he wrote for the BBC Radio “God’s Country” series. premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000 and transferred to London’s West End in a production starring comedian Frank Skinner. His adaptation of Goldoni’s The Servant with Two Masters was first staged at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1999. He translated two plays by Bertolt Brecht: Mr Puntilla and His Man Matti, written for The Right Size/Almeida Theatre, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1998; and Mother Courage, staged by Shared Experience theatre company in 2000. His adaptation of the Dutch play The Good Hope (2001), by Herman Heijermans, opened at the Royal National Theatre in 2001. He also wrote the screenplay to the film Billy Elliot (1999), directed by Stephen Daldry for Tiger/BBC Films/WT2, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He adapted his own play, I Luv You Jimmy Spud (1997), as a feature film starring Billy Connolly in 2000. Hall co-wrote the screenplay for the film Pride and Prejudice in 2005 and adapted The Wind in the Willows for television in 2006. The Pitmen Painters premiered at the Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 2007. Hall wrote the script for Shakespeare in Love in 2014adapted from the film of the same title, which was performed at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is his 2015 adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel, The Sopranos.

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