Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen in Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
The Two Leads Cast in the Stage Version of the Big Screen Classic Movie
Back in November it was revealed that Shakespeare In Love would become the latest high profile British movie to be granted a stage adaptation, following in the footsteps of Billy Elliot and The Full Monty, among others, and now an announcement has been made concerning the lead performers set to appear.
Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen will take to the stage of the Noël Coward Theatre in the production, taking on the roles inhabited by Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow on the big screen – William Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps.
Whilst the capital is the home of numerous Shakespearean roles regularly, this show will look at the Bard himself (albeit in a different way to the popular returning Being Shakespeare). In this case we look at Shakespeare during the time of writing Romeo And Juliet with writers’ block plaguing his work. Several well known names appear in fictionalised forms throughout the show and a romance emerges between the lead characters, something that could have an effect on his work.
The movie version was released in 1998 and in addition to the mentioned Finnes and Paltrow, the cast also included Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth, among others. It went on to win seven Oscars at the subsequent Academy Awards.
Tom Bateman may be best known to audiences for his work in television shows like Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel, among others, though he has made a name for himself on the stage as well. His London theatre credits include Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre, The Duchess Of Malfi at the Old Vic Theatre, The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
The production is penned by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, who adapts the production from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay.
Recent the home of Henry V with Jude Law and next to be the home of The Full Monty, the Noël Coward Theatre welcomes Shakespeare In Love from Wednesday 2nd July 2014 to Saturday 25th October 2014.