Pre-Sale Begins Today for Stage Version of Shakespeare in Love

News   Pre-Sale Begins Today for Stage Version of Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the Oscar-winning film of the same name that opened in July 2014 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, will make its North American debut in spring 2016 as part of the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. Tickets are on sale to Stratford Festival members only beginning Nov. 15.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Jan. 8, 2016. Previews begin April 29, 2016, and the production is scheduled to run through Oct. 16, 2016. Click here to order tickets, or call (800) 567-1600.

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.

Set in Elizabethan London, the play imagines the personal romantic circumstances under which William Shakespeare might have written Romeo and Juliet.

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. Friedman is also producing the Harry Potter stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in London in June 2016.

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

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 2016 Stratford season also will include revivals of the musicals A Chorus Line and A Little Night Music. The latter will be directed by Gary Griffin.

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