Our Theatre Guru David Thomas shares his thoughts on the latest play to take the West End by storm – the screen-to-stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love – in his latest guest review below…
You may not have seen the film Shakespeare In Love, the movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Judi Dench that won 5 Oscars in 1999 including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
You MUST see the play Shakespeare In Love starring Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen that opened at the Noel Coward last night to rave reviews (The Telegraph called it ‘The best British comedy since One Man, Two Guvnors.’)
Of course, if you HAVE seen the film you will know that the story is a million miles away from the stuffy Shakespeare served up in English Literature lessons up and down the country, and in this production you are transported into a wonderfully alive, ravishingly beautiful and, most importantly, a thoroughly modern world populated by some of funniest and finest-acted characters since Will hung up his quill (Shakespeare’s brother Edmund is buried in Southwark Cathedral, venue for the First Night party yesterday).
Needless to say (but I will say it anyway) the play Shakespeare In Love is not for everyone. If you hate hilarious comedy, this is really not for you. If wonderful acting sets your teeth on edge, best give this play a miss. But if you want to treat your significant other to an utterly amazing and thoroughly entertaining great night out (which is also, in a way, the greatest love story of all time) then Shakespeare In Love is custom built for you.
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