Shakespeare In Love
Adapted by Lee Hall from the Academy Award-winning film of the same name written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman
Directed by David Sikking
Sound Design & Musical Direction by Rodolfo Ortega
Choreography by Kemba Shannon
November 1 - December 8, 2019
Show Sponsors: Drs. Bill & Ricky Korrach
Directorial sponsor: The Springs Living, Lake Oswego
Guest Artist Sponsor: Horst & Graben Wealth Management
Purchase Tickets | $34/adults, $32/Senior. Discounts for students and groups.
Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 67th season of live theatre with Shakespeare in Love, a romantic comedy, based on the award-winning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. The story was adapted for the stage by Lee Hall with music by Paddy Cunneen and plays at Lakewood Theatre Company November 1 – December 8, 2019.
Performances begin Friday November 1 and continue Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM (November 13 and December 4), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (November 3, 10, 24, and December 1, 8) and Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM (November 17 and December 1). Note: there is no performance on Thanksgiving. Ticket prices are $34/adults and $32/seniors. Discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or CLICK HERE to order online.
Special note: On Wednesday, November 13 and December 4, the theatre continues its program called Wine on Wednesday (WOW). For people ages 25-35, tickets are priced at $25 each. On November 13, one hour prior to the performance, there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Owen Roe Winery. On December 4, one hour before the performance, there will be complimentary whiskey tasting hosted by Trail Distilling. Come enjoy WOW paired with discounted show tickets. OLCC rules apply!
The Story: In Elizabethan London, a young playwright named Will Shakespeare (Murri Lazaroff-Babin) wanders the city trying to overcome a horrendous case of writer’s block on his current script, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Though his pot is full of ink, Will’s well of inspiration has run dry. Desperate, he seeks advice from his rival, the successful playwright Kit Marlowe (Murren Kennedy). It seems all is lost until he finds his muse – Viola de Lesseps (Kelsey Glasser), daughter of a wealthy merchant with beauty and brains in equal measure.
Viola will stop at nothing to join Will’s company of players. Even though it is illegal for women to take the stage, she disguises herself as a man and finds herself leading a double life — wildly in love with Will, yet unable to declare her love. Amidst mistaken identities, backstage antics, and onstage drama, their passionate and forbidden love affair inspires Will to write his masterpiece — Romeo and Juliet. This romantic adventure of love, drama, and comedy is sure to equally delight Shakespeare fans and those who shy away from the Bard.
The comedy also features Grant Byington as Hugh Fennyman, Ruth Jenkins as the Nurse, Alan King as Ralph, Alec Cameron Lugo as Lord Wessex, Skye McLaren Walton as Sam, Chris Murphy as Wabash, Aidan Nolan as Edmund Tilney, Asher Ross as Webster, Mark Schwahn as Henslowe, Olivia Shimkus as Queen Elizabeth I, Michael Streeter as Burbage, as well as Edward Lyons, Jr., Conor J. Nolan, Lindsay Reed, Tim Vergano and Tom Walton in multiple roles. The show also features a canine actor, Eliza.
LTC’s production of Shakespeare In Love is directed by David Sikking, the stage manager is PJ Harris, scenic design is by John Gerth, choreography is by Kemba Shannon, sound design and musical direction is by Rodolfo Ortega, lighting design is by Dan Meeker, the costume design is by Margaret Louise Chapman and the producer is Steve Knox.
Ticket prices: $34/adults and $32/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Purchase Tickets.
- Note: On Wednesday, November 13 and December 4, the theatre continues its program called Wine on Wednesday (WOW). For people ages 25-35, tickets are priced at $25 each. On November 13, one hour prior to the performance, there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by Owen Roe Winery. On December 4, one hour before the performance, there will be complimentary whiskey tasting hosted by Trail Distilling. Come enjoy WOW paired with discounted show tickets. OLCC rules apply!
History of the Play/Movie
The play adaptation premiered in London’s West End in 2014. It then played to sold-out houses during the 2016 Stratford (Ontario, Canada) Festival. Its first US production was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in February of 2017. It returned to the UK for a tour beginning in Bath in October 2018. It has been one of the most widely produced plays for the last two seasons at regional theatres across the U.S.
Shakespeare in Love, the 1998 movie, won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Music among others. Numerous additional awards came from the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and many more.