Kate McGonigle and Nick Rehberger in Shakespeare in Love. Photo by Jeff Sciortino.
Original Screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted by Lee Hall
Directed by Rachel Rockwell
Nathaniel Braga, Scott Danielson, Jerre Dye, Fred Geyer, Dennis Grimes, Alana Grossman, Jake Helm, Ron King, Jeff Kurysz, Ryan McBride, Kate McGonigle, Andrew Mueller, Michael Perez, Ron E. Rains, Linda Reiter, Nick Rehberger, Catherine Smitko, Luigi Sottile, Timothy D. Stickney, Matthew Uzarraga John Webster, Larry Yando
Scenic Design: Scott Davis
Costume Design: Susan E. Mickey
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Sound Design: Ray Nardelli
First Performance April 15, 2017
Final Performance June 11, 2017
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Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. He finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted.
Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with onstage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.
The play’s world premiere in London’s West End was hailed as “a big-hearted hit” (Variety). The Telegraph proclaimed, “this inventive and touching comedy seems like a joyous celebration of the possibilities of theatre itself!” Now audiences will fall head over heels for this epic romance in a highly anticipated production at Chicago Shakespeare.