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Cancelled: Shakespeare in Love
February 26 March 29
Cancelled: Shakespeare in Love
February 26 March 29
February 26-March 29, 2020
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Music by Alex Bechtel Directed by Matt Pfeiffer Leonard C. Haas Stage
A stage adaptation of the 1998 Academy Award-winning film

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Read on to meet the cast, check out the playbill, and more!


Play synopsis:

In 1593 London, Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. Low on funds and out of ideas, the young playwright finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, a wealthy merchant’s daughter with dreams of the stage. Despite England’s prohibition on female performers, Viola disguises herself as a man and wins the role of “Romeo” in Shakespeare’s upcoming comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. As Will discovers that his talented leading man is none other than the captivating aristocrat he admired from afar, the two begin a passionate affair that becomes inspiration for a new love story: Romeo and Juliet.

Recommended for ages 13+ due to mild sexual situations and some profanity. Run time is approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.


Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod, with music by Paddy Cunneen.

Cast and Creative Team
Viola de Lesseps
Kit Marlowe, Ensemble
Queen Elizabeth I, Wabash, Ensemble
Henslowe, Ensemble
Lord Wessex, Ensemble
Richard Burbage, Ensemble
Edmund Tilney, Sir Robert de Lesseps, Ensemble
Will Shakespeare
Musician, Ensemble
Fennyman, Ensemble
Sam, Ensemble
John Webster, Ensemble
Nurse, Ralph, Ensemble
Ned Alleyn, Ensemble
Musician, Ensemble
Music Director, Composer, & Sound Designer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Fight & Intimacy Choreographer
Dialect Coach
Stage Manager
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Curtain Call
When the show must go on (film).
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Shakespeare in Love Playbill
Text and audio versions of the Shakespeare in Love playbill.
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Pre-Performance Guides
If you had tickets to the Relaxed Performance, you may be interested in reading these guides to the characters and plot of Shakespeare in Love.
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What's the Buzz?
"A charming homage to both the life of William Shakespeare and the craft of creating theatre . . . [with a] stellar cast."
Philly Life & Culture