PHOTO CALL: A First Look at Disney's Stage Adaptation of Hit Film Shakespeare in Love

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08 Jul 2014

Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit film of the same name that playwright Lee Hall is adapting from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay, began performances July 2 prior to an official opening July 23 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre.

Joining the previously announced Tom Bateman as Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lessep are Ian Bartholomew as Tilney, Tony Bell as Ralph, Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi as Henslowe, David Ganly as Burbage, Richard Howard as Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine as Sam, Abigail McKern as Nurse, David Oakes as Marlowe, Patrick Osborne as Mr. Wabash, Alistair Petrie as Wessex, Doug Rao as Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts as Fennyman and Colin Ryan as John Webster.

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Tom Bateman and cast
Photo by Johan Persson

They are joined by an ensemble including Daisy Boulton, Ryan Donaldson, Janet Fullerlove, Sandy Murray, Timothy O’Hara, Thomas Padden, Elliott Rennie, Charlie Tighe and Tim Van Eyken, who will also be musical director. Gaiety plays Crab the dog.

Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions, it is being directed by Declan Donnellan, with designs by Nick Ormerod, music by Paddy Cunneen, choreography by Jane Gibson, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Simon Baker.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5141, or visit