West End's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Heading to Broadway for 2015-16 Season?
The stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love celebrated its world premiere at London's Noël Coward Theatre on July 23rd, bringing together one of the largest companies ever assembled in the West End, 28 actors and musicians, and an estimated production cost of almost 2 million pounds (the rough equivalent of $3.5 million for a Broadway version)
The cast features Ian Bartholomew (Tilney), Tom Bateman (Will Shakespeare), Tony Bell (Ralph), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola De Lesseps), Anna Carteret (Queen Elizabeth), Paul Chahidi (Henslowe), David Ganly (Burbage), Richard Howard (Sir Robert De Lesseps), Harry Jardine (Sam), Abigail McKern(Nurse), David Oakes (Marlowe), Patrick Osborne (Mr Wabash), Alistair Petrie (Wessex), Doug Rao (Ned Alleyn), Ferdy Roberts (Fennyman) and Colin Ryan (John Webster).
Produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions and based
on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). The new play is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod (Cheek by Jowl).
According to Michael Riedel in today's New York Post, it appears that the show is still on track to arrive in New York in time for the 2015-16 season.
Tickets are selling briskly for the current production, which prompted one top London producer to text Riedel during intermission to share: "I've just seen Broadway's next hit London import. As good as 'Nicholas Nickleby.' " According to sources, producers Friedman and Disney Theatrical Productions are "plowing ahead with plans for New York." Riedel also shares that the current leads Lucy Briggs-Owen and Tom Batemen will "almost certainly accompany the show to New York."
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