Go to The MTC Production of Shakespeare In Love

This show is part of Collected Works 2019

22–31 August 2019

A DELIGHTFULLY CLEVER ROMCOM THAT BRINGS THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM TO STAGE.

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece. That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded. Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart. With acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Muriel's Wedding the Musical) at the helm, this unique theatrical event guarantees a rollicking night of romance, backstage fun and lavish musical accompaniment.

“A joyous celebration of the possibilities of theatre itself.” Daily Telegraph

★★★★★  "Makes you grateful to be alive.” The Independent

★★★★  "Melbourne Theatre Company’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning romcom works so well on stage you wonder why it was a film in the first place." The Guardian

★★★★ "This is a warm-hearted and well-executed entertainment and a beguiling reminder of theatre’s joyful possibilities." Daily Review

★★★★ ½ "Michael Wahr proves a dreamboat Shakespeare and delivers his own verse with a yearning intensity that will set all hearts a-flutter. Opposite him, Claire van der Boom combines radiant presence with intelligence, determination and incandescent feeling for poetry." The Age

★★★★  "The story is pure confection perfectly realised.” Time Out

★★★★ ½ "Nearly every moment of Shakespeare in Love is pure theatrical pleasure.” Limelight

THIS PRODUCTION IS PART OF                      COLLECTED WORKS 2019 PURCHASE 4 SHOWS AND SAVE UP TO $40 OR MORE ON THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE BY BECOMING A SEASON TICKET HOLDER

Show details:

Synopsis

22–31 August 2019

A DELIGHTFULLY CLEVER ROMCOM THAT BRINGS THE OSCAR-WINNING FILM TO STAGE.

Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece. That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

With acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) at the helm, this unique theatrical event guarantees a rollicking night of romance, backstage fun and lavish musical accompaniment.

“A joyous celebration of the possibilities of theatre itself.” Daily Telegraph

★★★★★  “Makes you grateful to be alive.” The Independent

★★★★  “Melbourne Theatre Company’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning romcom works so well on stage you wonder why it was a film in the first place.” The Guardian

★★★★ “This is a warm-hearted and well-executed entertainment and a beguiling reminder of theatre’s joyful possibilities.” Daily Review

★★★★ ½ “Michael Wahr proves a dreamboat Shakespeare and delivers his own verse with a yearning intensity that will set all hearts a-flutter. Opposite him, Claire van der Boom combines radiant presence with intelligence, determination and incandescent feeling for poetry.” The Age

★★★★  “The story is pure confection perfectly realised.” Time Out

★★★★ ½ “Nearly every moment of Shakespeare in Love is pure theatrical pleasure.” Limelight

THIS PRODUCTION IS PART OF                     
COLLECTED WORKS 2019

PURCHASE 4 SHOWS AND SAVE UP TO $40
OR MORE ON THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE

BY BECOMING A SEASON TICKET HOLDER

Dates

Preview – Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm

Gala Opening – Friday 23 August, 7.30pm

Saturday 24 August, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Monday 26 August, 6.30pm

Wednesday 28 August, 7.30pm

Thursday 29 August, 7.30pm

Friday 30 August, 7.30pm

Saturday 31 August, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Credits

Canberra Theatre Centre presents a Melbourne Theatre Company production
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod.

DIRECTOR:
Simon Phillips

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Jess Burns

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER:
Gabriela Tylesova

VOICE & DIALECT COACH:
Leith McPherson

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Matt Scott

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:
Andrew Kroenert

CHOREOGRAPHER:
Andrew Hallsworth

FIGHT DIRECTOR:
Nigel Poulton

VOICE & DIALECT COACH:
Leith McPherson

ASSOCIATE SET DESIGNER:
Jacob Battista

ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER:
Dann Barber

ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER:
Janet Hine

ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Clare Springett

CAST INCLUDES:

Aljin Abella
Luke Arnold
Claire van der Boom
Laurence Boxhall
Tyler Coppin
Daniel Frederiksen
Francis Greenslade
Peter Houghton
John Leary
Adam Murphy
Deidre Rubenstein
Chris Ryan
Aaron Tsindos
Michael Wahr

Cast

 

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a Melbourne Theatre Company production.
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard.
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall.
Music by Paddy Cunneen.

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 150 minutes, including interval.

WARNINGS:
This show contains some simulated fighting, sexual references, occasional coarse language and may contain strobe lighting and fog/haze effects.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This show is suitable for children.

VENUE:
Canberra Theatre
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Behind The Scenes

Image Credit: Jeff Busby

Access

Tactile TourTACTILE TOUR
Saturday 31 August, 12.30pm

Audio DescribedAUDIO DESCRIBED
Saturday 31 August, 1.30pm

Closed CaptionedCAPTIONED
Saturday 31 August, 1.30pm

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PRE-SHOW IN CONVERSATION
Friday 23 August, 6.30pm

 

Take PartPOST SHOW Q&A
Monday 26 August

 

Seating Plan

 

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