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From Movie to Stage Play for a Change


The stage version of hit film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ will launch in the West End in summer 2014.

Lee Hall has adapted the 1998 movie for the stage, from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, reported Digital Spy.

Declan Donnellan will direct the new production, with designs by Nick Ormerod. It will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions. The box office will be open to the public in February 2014, with preview performances starting in early July.

Based on the multiple Oscar-winning film, the stage show will run at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.

A cast of over 26 actors and musicians will be involved, with further details to be announced in the coming months.

Hall previously won a Tony Award for his adaptation of ‘Billy Elliot’, while he also wrote the screenplay for ‘War Horse’.

“Everyone who loves the theatre loves what Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman created with the miracle that is ‘Shakespeare in Love’,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.

‘Shakespeare in Love’ won seven Academy Awards in 1999, including one for ‘Best Screenplay’. It starred the likes of Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dame Judi Dench and Ben Affleck.

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