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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall Directed by Blake Robison
WHEN: Oct 19–Nov 26, 2017 WHERE: Centerstage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore
“Shall I compare thee to a something something… mummers play?” And so begins one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets, and this charming story of love, inspiration, muses, and art, based on the Oscar-winning film. This smart and poignant tale offers a smattering of allusions that will delight anyone familiar with the Bard—or simply the English language. This story is as crowd-pleasing as mistaken identities, a shipwreck, and love triumphant, and is set in a time when a Londoner could still utter the words: “Shakespeare? Never heard of him.” A great play for the entire family.
“Deliciously romantic.” –Cincinnati Enquirer
“A big-hearted hit.” –Variety
Video: Interview with the Director
Watch Director Blake Robinson describe the experience of bringing this “Elizabethan rom-com” to life on stage: “In many ways Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the theater…. There’s comedy, there’s romance. You’ll be moved, you’ll be entertained. And you’re going to laugh an awful lot.” WATCH NOW!
Timeline: Women in Theater
In Shakespeare in Love, young Viola dares to act at a time when women are forbidden to perform on stage. Throughout history, women have had to fight to take their place on and behind the English and American stages. This timeline highlights just a few of the women who defied law and custom. LEARN MORE