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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.

1 hour, 54 minutes

Last on

Sat 6 Feb 2021 01:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:28

    Ed Alleyne‐Johnson

    Classical Suite (In Memory of Pagan) (3)


Role Contributor
Director John Madden
Writer Tom Stoppard
Writer Marc Norman
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


  • Fri 5 Feb 2021 23:35
  • Sat 6 Feb 2021 00:05
  • Sat 6 Feb 2021 01:05

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