Shakespeare in Love

14 - 17 Apr

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard | Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Shakespeare in Love

14 - 17 Apr

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen

Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod

Director Max Key
Movement Director Lizzie Ballinger
Set and Costumer Designer Colin Mayes
Lighting Designer Adam King
Sound Designer Chris Drohan

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Oscar-winning screenplay, Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love is a gloriously romantic comedy of errors.

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Shakespeare in Love contains scenes of a sexual nature and scenes depicting violence (including sexual violence).

Duration: 120 minutes plus a 15-minute interval

Show programme

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Booking Info


Closed performances for academic assessment:
Wed 14 - Sat 17 Apr


Mountview Theatre, Mountview

Industry Bookings

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Max Key


Max went to Thomas Tallis comprehensive school in South-East London before attending Brighton University to study Theatre and Art. He then studied Theatre Directing at the Drama Studio London and trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course.

Max has been nominated for an Olivier Award and Off-West End Award for It Is Easy To Be Dead (Trafalgar Studios), which received a five-star review from Michael Billington in the Guardian, and an Off-West End Award for Best Direction for The Glass Piano (Coronet Theatre).

Recent theatre directing credits include: The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (RADA), The Glass Piano by Alix Sobler, (The Print Room/Coronet Theatre), Associate Director to Peter Gill As Good A Time As Any (Print Room/Coronet Theatre), Year 10 by Simon Vinnicombe (Finborough Theatre), Up the Royal Borough by Sarah Solemani (Lyric Hammersmith), Mariana Pineda by Frederico Garcia Lorca (Arcola Theatre), Wilde Tales by Oscar Wilde (Southwark Playhouse), The Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten (Arcola Theatre).

Assistant directing credits include: Peter Gill – The Voysey Inheritance (Royal National Theatre), Tim Albery – The Flying Dutchman (Royal Opera House) and Franscesca Zambello – La Bohème (Royal Albert Hall).

Max’s short film – Preservation, starring Saskia Reeves, was presented at Palm Springs International Film Festival and BAFTA.

Max has taught and directed over 80 productions at leading drama schools including: RADA, LAMDA and Mountview. Directing credits include: Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World, Summerfolk, The Seagull, Clybourne Park, August Osage County, Scenes from the Big Picture, Jerusalem and The Knowledge.

Max has taught MA Theatre Directing at Mountview under the leadership of Peter James for the past eight years.

Colin Mayes

Set and Costume Designer

Colin trained with The Royal Shakespeare Company and subsequently as Assistant Designer at The Royal Opera House and English National Opera.

Credits include: Die Zauberflote, Flastaff, Il Tabarro (New National Theatre, Tokyo), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Diva Opera, Cap Ferrat), The Ring Cycle (Covent Garden Festival), La Traviata (Toronto Festival Opera), Premiere First Award for Kitty Genovese (Edinburgh Festival), Mastersingers Award for Little Musgrave (Aldeburgh), world premiere of Cry Of Innocence (Greenwich) and world premiere of Tess of the d’Urbervilles (national tour).

His Milan production of We Will Rock You is currently touring major venues across Italy. He also tutors in costume/prop creation and is an MA lecturer on contextual theatre studies.

Adam King

Lighting Designer

Adam originally trained at Mountview and has since gone on to work as assistant lighting designer to Neil Austin on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre) and Bend It Like Beckham (Pheonix Theatre).

His own recent credits include: Snowflake/Tornado Stewart Lee (UK tour), Beyond Therapy (UK tour), Royal Ballet School (Royal Opera House/Opera Holland Park/Linbury Theatre), Original Death Rabbit The Wasp (Jermyn Street Theatre) Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin (Harlow Playhouse), The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth).

Chris Drohan

Sound Designer

Chris Drohan is a sound designer and composer who has worked on a wide and varied range of productions across the country.

Chris’ work has ranged from designing West End musicals to experimental binaural experiences. Alongside his sound design work Chris also works as a composer having written for theatre productions, as well as short films and radio work for the BBC.

Sound design credits include: Absurd Person Singular (UK tour), Tales from the Vienna Woods (RADA), Meet Me at Dawn (Arcola), Shida and Armour (Vaults), Hoard (Arcola), Boots (Bunker Theatre), New Nigerians (Arcola/UK tour), The Paradise Circus (The Playground Theatre), Harvey (Playground), Clockwork Canaries (Theatre Royal Plymouth), After the Ball (Gatehouse), All Or Nothing (West End), Knock Knock (Assembly Edinburgh), Thrown (Underbelly Edinburgh) and 9 to 5 (Gatehouse).