Arts & Culture

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Oxford Playhouse Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November 2018

By Sarah Edwards

A brand new production of the hit West End play Shakespeare in Love comes to Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November.

This feel-good, five-star rom-com, based on the Oscar-winning film, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers – young Will Shakespeare and the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything to fulfil her secret dream of becoming an actor and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age.

Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

The film Shakespeare in Love written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and starring Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow won no less than seven Academy Awards, including best screenplay, following its premiere in 1998. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, the production opened for a triumphant West End run in 2014 to both critical and public acclaim.

Packed full of laughs, warmth and wit, it’s the perfect pre-Christmas treat. So dig out your glad-rags and come and enjoy all that’s best about a big night in the West End, right on your doorstep!

Tickets for Shakespeare in Love at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at

Dates: Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November 2018
Times: Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat Eves 7.30pm. Wed, Thu & Sat Mats 2.30pm. Fri 8pm.
Tickets: £10 to £37.50. Discounts available.
Age Guideline: 12+

Presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Group and Sonia Friedman Productions. Directed by Phillip Breen with design by Max Jones, lighting by Tina MacHugh, sound by Dyfan Jones, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, music by Paddy Cunneen and with Associate Producers Rebecca Stafford, Eilene Davidson and Mark Puddle.

Pierro Niel-Mee will star as Will Shakespeare with Imogen Daines as Viola, Rob Edwards as Fennyman, Geraldine Alexander as the Queen, Edmund Kingsley as Kit Marlowe, Bill Ward as Wessex, Ian Hughes as Henslowe, Giles Taylor as Tilney and De Lesseps, Edward Harrison as Burbage and Phillip Labey as Sam. The cast also includes Rowan Polonski as Ned Alleyn/Catling, Kevin N Golding as Lambert/Wabash, Joshua Richards as Frees/Ralph, Jonathan Blaydon as Nol/Valentine, Richard Rowe McGhie as Adam, Rosalind Steele as Molly, Toby Webster as Peter/Robin and Jazmine Wilkinson as Webster/Mistress Quickly.