Winning no less than seven Oscars, the film of Shakespeare in Love, starring Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, became an instant classic. Adapted by Lee Hall for a triumphant West End run, this epic Elizabethan extravaganza is exuberant, witty, funny, and a beautiful homage to love, art, and theatre itself.

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching, he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the frosty disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age.


★★★★★ ‘A complete and utter invigorating joy’
Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘Stuffed with jokes and warming rays of real beauty, this lovely touring show won’t let you down’
Mail on Sunday

‘An incredibly joyous, swashbuckling ensemble piece, with each cast member taking it in turns to steal the scene… a love letter to actors, writers, and the theatre itself’
Sunday Mirror

★★★★ ‘A vibrant revival of Lee Hall’s adaptation… a heady mix of comedy and romance’
The Stage

★★★★★ ‘A glorious testament to the power of theatre…Directed in barnstorming style by Phillip Breen, with gorgeous period costumes, on-stage musicians and much singing and dancing, the show gives glorious entertainment’
Oxford Times

★★★★★ ‘Bursting with warmth, wit and energy… as playful and refreshing as ever’
Broadway World


Bath Theatre Royal
Thursday 4 – Saturday 13 October 2018

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 October 2018

Malvern Festival Theatre
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 27 October 2018

Oxford Playhouse
Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 3 November 2018

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Monday 5 – Saturday 10 November 2018

Edinburgh King’s Theatre 
Monday 12 – Saturday 17 November 2018

Chichester Festival Theatre
Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 November 2018


Director Philip Breen
Designer Max Jones
Lighting Designer Tina Machugh
Sound Designer Dyfan Jones
Movement Director Ayse Tashkiran
Composer Paddy Cunneen
Casting Director Ginny Schiller CDG

Presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions by arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions