Screenplay by
Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Adapted for the stage by
Lee Hall

November 8–11 and 14–17, 2018

Directed by Joe York

Penniless and indebted to two-demanding producers, struggling young playwright, William Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block, until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Viola quickly becomes the playwright’s muse, while she disguises herself as a man to become a player. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing — Romeo and Juliet. With opening night — and the wedding day — fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?


Makes you feel grateful to be alive.
— Independent

A heady celebration of the act of theater.
— Guardian

A swooning delight.
— Daily Mail