The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Shakespeare In Love

By Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Directed by Laura Eddy
8th – 16th November 2024 at 8:00pm
Matinee on November 16th at 2:30pm

The film, as Shakespeare intended it seen.

Makes you feel grateful to be alive.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Faber and Faber.

Shakespeare in Love enchants audiences with a captivating tale set in the bustling world of Elizabethan England. Amidst the vibrant backdrop of London’s theatre scene, we meet the charismatic yet struggling playwright, William Shakespeare. Plagued by writer’s block and personal turmoil, he finds unexpected inspiration in the radiant Viola de Lesseps, a spirited woman whose heart beats for the stage.

Their clandestine romance ignites a whirlwind of passion, defying the rigid social norms of their time. As Shakespeare and Viola’s love deepens, it inspires the creation of his most beloved masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet. But their journey is not without obstacles, as their love faces opposition from society, jealous rivals, and the ever-present spectre of duty and censorship.

Filled with wit, humour and Shakespearean flair, this enchanting tale explores the transformative power of love and art. Through laughter and tears, triumphs and tragedies, Shakespeare in Love reminds us that the greatest stories are often born from the deepest wells of the human heart. In a world where passion knows no bounds and creativity knows no limits, this timeless romance will leave audiences spellbound, celebrating the enduring legacy of love and literature.


Directed by
Laura Eddy


A heady celebration of the act of theatre.
The Guardian
Riotously enjoyable. You will fall in love.
The Sunday Times


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Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will work to prevent any form of discrimination or harassment within our organisation.

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