Orlando James in Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
Eve Ponsonby, Nicholas Asbury and Suzanne Burden Also Headed to the West End as the Stage Adaptation’s Cast is Overhauled
It has been revealed that the West End production of Shakespeare In Love, adapted from the hit film of the same name, will be getting a completely new cast from January as stars such as Tom Batemen step down.
It means that from 12th January 2015 audiences picking up theatre tickets will see Orlando James in the role of Will Shakespeare, whilst Eve Ponsonby plays Viola De Lesseps, Nicholas Asbury plays Wessex and Suzanne Burden plays Queen Elizabeth.
The new cast also includes Neal Barry, Richard Bremmer, Paul Brennan, Ryan Donaldson, Edward Franklin, Ncuti Gatwa, Gregg Lowe, Andy McKeane, Peter Moreton, Joy Richardson, Charlie Tighe and Stuart Wilde.
Shakespeare In Love introduces us to a young incarnation of the Bard as he struggles with the writing of Romeo & Juliet. Lee Hall’s adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s screenplay then focuses on a fictional romance between him and Viola De Lesseps, who quickly becomes his muse. It is a story that has many mirrors with Shakespeare’s own work, with mistaken identity amongst the pitfalls that characters are confronted with as Shakespeare puts pen to paper on what would become one of the most famous plays of all time.
Orlando James has appeared in numerous shows in the capital, in addition to Macbeth in New York, and as a result he brings plenty of experience to the role of Shakespeare. The performer has credits such as Another Country at the Chichester Festival Theatre, ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore on a European Tour and The Madness Of George III at the Theatre Royal Bath. He also recently made an appearance in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special Day Of The Doctor.
Shakespeare In Love opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in July 2014 and has proven to be a hit with critics and audiences alike. It follows the success felt by the film version, which landed on cinema screens back in 1998 and saw names like Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow and Judi Dench take on lead roles.
It is currently booking in the West End, where other film adaptations appear such as the upcoming Bend It Like Beckham The Musical, for performances up to Saturday 18th April 2015.