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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Musical Adaptation We Were Waiting For

Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of the film Shakespeare in Love will open at the Noel Coward Theatre next year. The production, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, will be directed by Declan Donnellan and have design by Nick Ormerod. Together, Donnellan and Ormerod formed theatre company Cheek by Jowl in 1981 and have since directed and designed more than 30 productions together, including Shakespeare plays such as Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Shakespeare in Love will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions. Friedman said: ““Every now and then a story comes along that cries out to be staged. This is one such story.  Shakespeare in Love bursts with life and is a moving and hilarious celebration of everything that we love about the inspirational and transformative power of theatre. This project has been several years in development and Tom Schumacher [from Disney Theatrical Productions] and I are thrilled to be confirming its world premiere in London.” Preview performances of Shakespeare in Love will begin in July, 2014. Hall’s other stage credits include the musical Billy Elliot and The Pitman Painters.

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