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Anna Carteret and Paul Chahidi in Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Saturday, 26th Apr 2014  

Cast Update for the Upcoming Adaptation of the 1998 Movie Starring Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare

Shakespeare In Love is set to be the latest high profile movie to be granted a stage adaptation, following in the footsteps of musicals Billy Elliot and The Lion King, among others, and as the start date of July gets closer at the Noël Coward Theatre more names have been announced for its extensive cast.

Previously it was revealed that Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen would be playing William Shakespeare and Viola De Lessps, respectively, and they will be joined by Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth – following in the footsteps of Dame Judi Dench – and Paul Chahidi as Philip Henslowe – previously played by Geoffrey Rush on the big screen.

As well as these, the full cast includes Ian Bartholomew, Tony Bell, Daisy Boulton, Ryan Donaldson, Janet Fullerlove, David Ganly, Richard Howard, Harry Jardine, Abigail McKern, Sandy Murray, Timothy O’Hara, David Oakes, Patrick Osborne, Thomas Padden, Alistair Petrie, Doug Rao, Elliott Rennie, Ferdy Roberts, Colin Ryan, Charlie Tighe and Tim Van Eyken.

The story is set during Shakespeare’s time writing Romeo & Juliet, exploring the situation when writers block plagues him and threatens to derail the whole project. Could the arrival of a new love interest inspire him to complete his work?

Anna Carteret is an experienced performer with many decades worth of roles on the stage and screen. She has appeared in BBC series like Holby City and Casualty, whilst also appearing in movies such as Private Peaceful, though her stage work has brought her to the attention of London theatre audiences again and again. She appeared in Burnt By The Sun at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2009, The Family Reunion at the Donmar Warehouse in 2008 and Never So Good at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2007, among many other shows. Her first credit dates back to 1957.

Paul Chahidi, meanwhile, has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared at venues like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Apollo Theatre and the Soho Theatre over the years.

Shakespeare In Love replace Good People at the Noel Coward Theatre from Wednesday 2nd July 2014. 

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