The Verdict: Critics Review Shakespeare in Love

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the hit film of the same name that playwright Lee Hall has adapted from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay, opened July 23 at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre following previews that began July 2.
Tom Bateman and cast
Tom Bateman and cast Johan Persson

Joining 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.

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.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

Daily Telegraph

The Independent New York Times

Daily Mail

The Guardian

Chicago Tribune

Financial Times

Evening Standard



Time Out London

Watch highlights from the performance here

View photos of the production here

Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions, it is 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

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