Best Picture winner will be adapted for London’s West End
“Shakespeare in Love,” an Oscar-winning movie about the world’s greatest playwright, will make it’s way to the stage in a new production scheduled to premiere in London’s West End.
The film followed the Bard as he unexpectedly meets his muse and is inspired to write “Romeo & Juliet.”
The stage version will open at London’s Noel Coward Theatre in the summer of 2014, and will be adapted by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Hall previously adapted “Billy Elliot” into a Tony Award winning musical.
Declan Donnellan will direct and the production will be designed by Nick Ormerod — both men have adapted Shakespear classics like “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest” for the stage, so they know their way around iambic pentameter. The play will be produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.
“Everyone who loves the theatre loves what Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman created with the miracle that is ‘Shakespeare in Love,'” Thomas Schumacher, president and producer Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement. “It is a Valentine to the Theatre and what better way to celebrate that than to turn to consummate theatre artists.”
The full creative team and cast will be announced at a later date.