Shakespeare in Love
William Shakespeare is out of ideas. That is, until Viola de Lesseps, the stage-struck daughter of a wealthy merchant, attends auditions disguised as Thomas Kent.
William Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years, and theatre owner Henslowe is counting on Shakespeare's promised comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter, to keep his wolfish creditors from the door. At the casting session, Will hears his lines spoken with great feeling by an unknown young actor and his curiousity is fired. Soon he discovers the secret of the talented young actor and rediscovers his muse. As Shakespeare falls in love with an unattainable noblewoman, the farcical comedy transforms into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Classical Suite (In Memory of Pagan) (3)
|Viola De Lesseps||Gwyneth Paltrow|
|William Shakespeare||Joseph Fiennes|
|Philip Henslowe||Geoffrey Rush|
|Lord Wessex||Colin Firth|
|Ned Alleyn||Ben Affleck|
|Queen Elizabeth||Judi Dench|