Shakespeare In Love announces West End cast

Lucy Briggs-Owen  and Tom Bateman in Shakespeare In Love

Full casting has been announced for Shakespeare in Love, which opens at the Noel Coward Theatre, London, July 23, with Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen in the leads.

The stage production is based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.

It has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot).

Featuring a company of 30 actors and musicians, this new play will be directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl.

Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps.

Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

This sweeping romantic comedy will transport you back to Shakespeare’s London, teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life. Oh, and there’s a bit with a dog!

Casting: Ian Bartholomew will play Tilney, Tony Bell will play Ralph, Anna Carteret will play Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi will play Henslowe, David Ganley will play Burbage, Richard Howard will play Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine will play Sam, Abigail McKern will play Nurse, David Oakes will play Marlowe, Patrick Osborne will play Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie will play Wessex, Doug Rao will play Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts will play Fennyman and Colin Ryan will play John Webster.

Former Crufts champ, Gaiety, will play Crab the dog.

Tickets are now on sale. Previews run from July 2-22.

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