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Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Saturday, 18 April 2015
2 hours 40 minutes
This is the stuff standing ovations are made of. And this show has received plenty. Meet the young Will Shakespeare, a man tormented by debt who is neck deep into a long period of writer's block and desperate for a smash hit. Shakespeare might be a promising chap but he's down on his luck... until a lovely lady arrives on the scene.
When Will discovers his muse in the form of the seriously posh, utterly fascinating noblewoman Viola De Lesseps, cupid fires an enormous arrow. And the couple's forbidden feelings soon pull everyone, including the scary Queen Elizabeth the First herself, into their drama. Best of all, Will's feeling for Viola lead to him to write his best-loved romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, to many the finest love story of all time.
It's funny. It's charming. It's beautifully acted. The stage sets are stunning, as are the costumes and the music. This play has delighted both critics and audiences alike, leading the Independent newspaper to call it 'sheer stage poetry mixed with effervescent fun. Makes you feel grateful to be alive'. There are plenty more five star ratings and, like The Bard himself, the play has never lost its powerful people-appeal.