Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the Oscar-winning film of the same name that opened last summer at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, will make its North American debut in 2016 as part of the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.
Tickets will go on sale to Stratford Festival members only on Nov. 15. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Jan. 8, 2016. Precise production dates are to be announced, but the Stratford season runs April through October.
Playwright Lee Hall adapted the work from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay. Four-time Olivier Award-winning director Declan Donnellan will recreate his U.K. staging for Stratford.
A First Look at Disney's Stage Adaptation of Hit Film Shakespeare in Love
Following its July 23, 2014, opening in the West End, the stage adaptation was embraced by London critics (read the reviews here). It closed in April.
View highlights of the London production below:
Producers Sonia Friedman and Disney Theatrical Productions were reported in August 2014 by The New York Post as hoping for a Broadway transfer, although no plans have been announced. The Stratford transfer is being presented by "special arrangement" with Friedman and Disney.
Here's how it's billed: "In this imagined biography, young Will Shakespeare, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, finds inspiration in the guise of passionate noblewoman Viola, who moves him to write the greatest love story of all time. Art mirrors life – and vice versa – as love blossoms for the Bard amid a hilarious riot of chaos, confusion and backstage theatrics."
The prolific producer, along with frequent collaborator Neil Meron, was behind such musical-driven projects as Smash, NBC’s live musicals, and the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.