Rehearsals have begun for the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, bringing together one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End.
The 28-strong cast includes a number of young actors and actor-musicians who will be making their professional debuts.
The full cast are: Ian Bartholomew (Tilney), Tom Bateman (Will Shakespeare), Tony Bell (Ralph), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola De Lesseps), Anna Carteret (Queen Elizabeth), Paul Chahidi (Henslowe), David Ganly (Burbage), Richard Howard (Sir Robert De Lesseps), Harry Jardine (Sam), Abigail McKern (Nurse), David Oakes (Marlowe), Patrick Osborne (Mr Wabash), Alistair Petrie (Wessex), Doug Rao (Ned Alleyn), Ferdy Roberts (Fennyman) and Colin Ryan (John Webster).
They are joined by an ensemble including Daisy Boulton, Michael Chadwick, Tom Clegg, Ryan Donaldson, Janet Fullerlove, Amy Marchant, Sandy Murray, Timothy O’Hara, Thomas Padden, Elliott Rennie, Charlie Tighe and Tim Van Eyken who will also be musical director. Gaiety will play Crab the dog, understudied by Barney.
Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.
Featuring a company of 28 actors and musicians plus two dogs, the play will be directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl.
Shakespeare in Love has its world première at the Noël Coward Theatre on July 23 with previews from 2 July.