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Monday 16th May 2022

Shakespeare in Love

The Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road, Hitchin
Shakespeare In Love
adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
directed by Nicki Pope

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. Both are despondent when
they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family.

Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is
writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward
a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
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