22 Aug 2014
The West End production of Shakespeare in Love, a stage version of the 1998 Oscar-winning film of the same name that is currently running at the Noel Coward Theatre, is to extend booking through Jan. 10, 2015. Almost 76,000 more tickets will be released and will go on sale beginning Sept. 1.
Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions and based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, it has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall.
Featuring a company of 28 actors and musicians, one of the largest companies ever assembled for a play in the West End, and a dog, it is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod.
The cast currently features Tom Bateman as Will Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lesseps. Ian Bartholomew plays Tilney, Tony Bell plays Ralph, Anna Carteret plays Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi plays Henslowe, David Ganley plays Burbage, Richard Howard plays Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine plays Sam, Abigail McKern plays Nurse, David Oakes plays Marlowe, Patrick Osborne plays Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie plays Wessex, Doug Rao plays Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts plays Fennyman and Colin Ryan plays John Webster.
They are joined by an ensemble including Daisy Boulton, Michael Chadwick, Tom Clegg, Ryan Donaldson, Tim van Eyken, Janet Fullerlove, Amy Marchant, Sandy Murray, Timothy O’Hara, Thomas Padden, Elliott Rennie, Charlie Tighe and Barney as Spot the Dog.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.