Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard; adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

It’s the greatest love story (almost) never told. This wildly funny and irresistibly romantic new adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film is fresh from its critically-acclaimed debut in London’s West End. Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block — until he meets Viola. Against a bustling backdrop of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, their forbidden romance inspires a masterpiece.

Riotously funny and startlingly poignant.
— Chicago Tribune

More details:
• Play run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission
• Recommended for ages 13+




Amy Herzberg – Co-Director
Aimee Hayes – Co-Director
William Boles – Scenic Designer
Ruby Kemph – Costume Designer
Shawn Irish – Lighting Designer
Eric Backus – Sound Designer & Additional Original Music
Brodie Jasch – Properties Manager

DC Wright – Fight & Physical Comedy Choreographer
Jason Burrow – Music Supervisor
Ben Corbett – Dialect Coach
Gail Leftwich – Choreographer
Shannon A. Jones – Stage Manager (through 9/1)
Jerry Jensen – Stage Manager (9/1–close)

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Shakespeare In Love is made possible in part by lead show sponsors Bob & Becky Alexander, as well as show sponsors Ben & Christine Clark, Greenwood Gearhart, Stout Executive Search, and John & Kitten Weiss.