One of the best shows in Londons West End at the moment is the period romcom Shakespeare In Love.
And you don’t have to be a fan of The Bard to fall in love with this sparkling, funny and romantic story, now being played out on stage at the Noel Coward Theatre (read Stage Review’s verdict on the original production bit.ly/1lR8Fgu).
Rehearsals have begun with a new cast who take over from January 12. The production, which has one of the biggest ever companies for a play in the West End, has twice extended its run due to popular demand and is now booking until April.
Orlando James will star as Will Shakespeare opposite Eve Ponsonby as Viola De Lesseps.
The pair recently appeared together in Cheek by Jowl’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore directed by their artistic director and director of Shakespeare in Love, Declan Donnellan.
Orlando was most recently seen in Chichester’s production of Another Country. Other theatre credits include The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath, Tour & West End), Cheek by Jowl’s Macbeth (Barbican, World Tour, New York), Curious (Riverside Studios) and Country Feedback and 24 Hour Plays (both Old Vic).
Eve’s theatre credits include The Fall (Theatre 503), If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), Boys (Headlong) and The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre).
Her television credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The White Queen (both BBC) and Misfits (Channel 4).
Joining James and Ponsonby in the main cast will be 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,and Stuart Wilde.
The ensemble cast also includes Aaron Anthony, Jonno Davies, Peter Hannah, Nick Hart, Joshua Higgott, Sioned Jones, Sandy Murray, Ellie Nunn, Thomas Padden, Stevie Raine, Elliot Rennie and Florence Roberts.
Barney will continue in his much-loved role as Spot the Dog.
Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration.
That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.
Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.
Watch the trailer featuring the original West End cast: