London Bound Shakespeare In Love Finds Star-Crossed Lovers

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 12.11.31 AMWhile London leading the charge at bringing brand new musicals and plays while also converting some for the stage is nothing new to American theatre goers, our friends across the pond seem more determined than ever before to bring to life some of our favorite movies to life on stage. Shakespeare In Love, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard, is the latest headed for the stage this summer in London’s West End.  While many wonder why even convert some of their Hollywood favorites for the stage, this one has eyes looking and heads turning as the greatest love story ever told get’s a new story behind it in this production. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the upcoming London premiere of the brand new Shakespeare In Love Musical has found its star-crossed lovers!

Shakespeare in Love is a brand new play that is being adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Based off of the film of the same title, Shakespeare In Love tells the story of the young Will Shakespeare who is looking to write a new piece but has writers block. He finds a story when he falls in love with Viola De Lesseps only to find out their love is forbidden. Many noble officials, family members and even Queen Elizabeth get involved which inspire Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

1.168657Producers proudly announced that  Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen will star as the star-crossed lovers in the brand new Shakespeare In Love stage production. Bateman will star as Will Shakespeare while Briggs-Owen will star as Viola De Lesseps. Shakespeare In Love will be directed by Declan Donnellan and feature designs by Nick Ormerod. The production is produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions. At this point in time, no other casting for the production has been announced and will be announced in the near future.

TB2Tom Bateman is an actor who attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He received the prestigious Leverhulme fellowship for the year 2009-2011. He has appeared on stage as Anthony in The Duchess of Malfi, Claudio in Much Ado about Nothing, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler and in Lion in Winter in London’s West End. At LAMDA, he appeared in productions such as CabaretCoriolanus, The Cherry Orchard, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Merchant of Venice and The White Devil. He has also been seen  on multiple television series.

1457Lucy Briggs-Owen is an actress who is known very well in the London theatre scene. She is best known for her repeated appearances and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has appeared on stage as Maryna in Boris Godunuv, Princess in The Orphan of Zhao, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Luscinda in Cardenio. She has also been seen in Noises Off, The Way of the World, Troilus and Cressida, Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest and in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. She most recently appeared as Olga in Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Luner on Theatre could not be more excited for a stage adaptation of Shakespeare In Love. This movie is one of our favorites about the creation of the greatest love story ever told. The original idea behind the story telling told in this film is just absolutely stunning. What a brilliant idea. Many movies aim for the stage and miss in the process. However, this is one we can see working quite well. The movie was so well structured and incorporated so many theatrical elements into already, it is almost another show within a show type production. However, it is interesting that this one is about the one man who changed theatre forever. A stage adaptation is definitely going to be interesting to see and could even lead to some fun with legit Shakespeare productions down the road. Shakespeare In Love and Romeo and Juliet in rep anyone? Love it! I look forward to this new production hitting the stage in London.

Shakespeare In Love will premiere at The Noël Coward Theatre beginning previews on July 2nd, 2014. The show will officially open July 23rd. Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you more information on this exciting movie adaptation headed to the stage! Stay tuned for more casting, photos and more as London prepares to experience the greatest love story ever told before it was ever even created. Like Shakespeare In Love on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter. For more information, visit Shakespeare In Love’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!


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