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Casting announced for Shakespeare in Love

Lead players announced for West End stage version of the hit film.

Shakespeare in Love

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions have announced casting for the roles of star-crossed lovers Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps in the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love.

Tom Bateman will play Will Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen will play Viola De Lesseps.

The play is based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and has been adapted for stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Declan Donnellan is set to direct.

Tom Bateman’s theatre credits include Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s. He has starred in TV series Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel.

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Lucy Briggs-Owen’s theatre credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Brooke Ashton in Noises Off in the West End.

Shakespeare in Love will hold its world premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre on Wednesday 23rd July 2014, with previews from 2 July.

Further casting will be announced soon.

Tickets for Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward Theatre are now on sale online at or by calling the box office on 0844 482 5141.

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