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Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

Based on the screenplay by MARC NORMAN and TOM STOPPARD
Adapted for the stage by LEE HALL

Not Currently Playing
Robert S. Marx
SEPT. 2 - SEPT. 30, 2017


The beloved, Oscar-winning film comes to life onstage in an extravagant production that’s both wildly funny and irresistibly romantic. Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block ... the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. Against a bustling backdrop of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola blossoms and inspires him to write his masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. Critically adored after its premiere in London’s West End, this exuberant romantic comedy will make you believe in love above all.


"An impeccable production ... What a glorious way to start the season." – The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Even if you shy away from classic material, you’ll likely enjoy this production — it’s 'Shakespeare-lite,' and a jolly good tribute to the theater." – CityBeat


Shakespeare in Love is better suited for adults and teenage audiences. The cheeky humor of the show may seem innocent and refined, but it also contains sexual situations and mature themes related to blooming romance, theatrical ego and mildly tortured artistic souls.

RUNNING TIME: Shakespeare in Love runs approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission.

Emily Trask as Viola in Shakespeare in Love. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.












Nicholas Carrière

Will Shakespeare

Emily Trask

Viola de Lesseps

Barzin Akhavan


Michael Brusasco

Lord Wessex/Ensemble

Richard Buchanan


Liz Daingerfield

Mistress Quickly/ Waitress/Kate/Abraham/ Ensemble

Michael Fajardo

Frees/Wabash/Heavy 1/ Ensemble

Marquis D. Gibson

Adam/Heavy 2/ Ensemble

Avery Glymph


Laura Gordon


Wynn Harmon

Edmund Tilney/ Sir Robert de Lesseps/ Ensemble

Brent Harris

Richard Burbage/ Barman/Ensemble

Naomi Jacobson

Queen Elizabeth I/ Molly/Ensemble

Taha Mandviwala

Peter/Proteus/Guard 2/ Ensemble

John Plumpis

Fennyman/Catling/ Ensemble

Bari Robinson


Jefferson A. Russell


Ty Joseph Shelton

John Webster/Ensemble

Nick Vannoy

Robin/Boatman/Guard 1/Ensemble

David Whalen

Ned Alleyn/Lambert/ Ensemble

Julia Proctor

Viola/Ensemble Understudy

Lee Hall


Paddy Cunneen

Original Music Composer

Blake Robison


Timothy R. Mackabee

Set Designer

Kathleen Geldard

Costume Designer

Michelle Habeck

Lighting Designer

Matthew M. Nielson

Sound Design/ Additional Music

Diane Lala


Rick Sordelet

Fight Director

Christian Kelly-Sordelet

Fight Director

Stephanie Klapper

Casting Director

Jenifer Morrow

Production Stage Manager

Brooke Redler

Second Stage Manager

Andrea L. Shell

Second Stage Manager


On the Blog

A Joyous Celebration of Passion and Poetry

Aug 8, 2017
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Though he never meanders far from the spotlight, William Shakespeare is, as they say, having a moment. This summer, he made national headlines thanks to a production that proved once again how his play’s timeless themes can be reimagined in very timely ways. And, in even more boisterous fashion, the Bard debuted as a punk rock 20-something in cable television’s Will, a fictionalized account of the author’s early, largely undocumented, years in London.


A Romantic Roller Coaster

Aug 31, 2017
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Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison took a few minutes before heading into rehearsals for Shakespeare in Love to discuss the fun of journeying back in time to Elizabethan London and of exploring the magic of first love.


How the Bard Shaped our Language

Aug 23, 2017
Natalie Clare

Throughout the course of his writing, William Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words by either devising new ones or re-tooling existing words to fit his script. He also coined (or popularized) more than 100 phrases that we still use today.


5 Questions with John Plumpis

Sep 13, 2017
Natalie Clare

Actor John Plumpis makes his Playhouse debut this fall as Fennyman/Catling/Ensemble in Shakespeare in Love. Meet John and learn why he became an actor, what he loves about performing and what he's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.


5 Questions with Naomi Jacobson

Sep 18, 2017
Natalie Clare

Naomi Jacobson returns to the Playhouse after performing in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn more about how she became an actor, what roles have inspired her craft and how she's been enjoying her work on Shakespeare in Love.


5 Questions with Laura Gordon

Sep 20, 2017
Natalie Clare

Meet Laura Gordon, who returns to the Playhouse as Nurse in Shakespeare in Love, after having appeared in last season's A Prayer for Owen Meany. Learn why Laura became an actor, what she loves about performing and what she's enjoying most about Shakespeare in Love.


5 Questions with Wynn Harmon

Sep 22, 2017
Natalie Clare

Meet Wynn Harmon, who makes his Playhouse debut in Shakespeare in Love. Find out how he got his start in theatre, what role he's dying to play and how he's enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.


5 Questions with Michael Brusasco

Sep 25, 2017
Natalie Clare

Michael Brusasco makes his Playhouse debut as Lord Wessex in Shakespeare in Love. Meet Michael to find out more about his acting roots, his favorite roles and how he's been enjoying his work on Shakespeare in Love.

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