Shakespeare in Love Theatre Breaks in London are no longer available to book. See what’s on next at the Noel Coward theatre
If you loved the 1998 Oscar winning film, you’re going to go crazy for
a Shakespeare in Love Theatre Break this year!
The Noel Coward Theatre stages the premiere of the now familiar story of a young, in debt Will Shakespeare suffering from writer’s block and in dire need of a box office record breaking smash hit new play.
What he really needs is a muse: enter stage left (the good fairy always enters stage left) the beautiful noblewoman Viola De Lesseps. But their love is frowned upon and by the time the final curtain falls it seems that everyone has been drawn into the story: from a cute little dog to Elizabeth Queen of England herself!
Will all this distraction help or hinder our hero in his quest for a hit or will his new play “Romeo and Juliet” be nothing more than a great big flop!
Whatever happens, if you book a Shakespeare in Love Theatre Break you are sure to enjoy an entertaining couple of days in London as the play is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Disney and directed by Declan Donnellan of the fabulously imaginative Cheek by Jowl theatre company.
Watch “Staging Shakespeare in Love” HERE
British rising stars Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen (pictured) play the roles of hapless romantics Will and Viola. Tom has recently been on our tv screens in the series The Tunnel and Da Vinci’s Demons, and, no stranger to the Bard, played young Count Claudio in the 2011 West End production of Much Ado About Nothing opposite David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Last year Lucy played Olga in Turganov’s Fortune’s Foolat the Old Vic theatre.
Shakespeare In Love and Hotel Accommodation
Shakespeare in Love opens at the Noel Coward Theatre this July: perfect timing for some great summer discounts on many of our central London hotels.
The Noel Coward Theatre is on St Martin’s Lane so hotels close by include the Guoman Charing Cross on the Strand and the Radisson Blu Mercer Street by Seven Dials. Both are 4 star deluxe hotels and ideal for a spot of pampering.
The Strand Palace hotel is within walking distance too and, after extensive refurbishment a couple of years ago has gone from a three to a four star. However, for a central hotel its prices are still relatively cheap. Of course, if you are looking for a real bargain then you can’t go far wrong than choosing the Travelodge Covent Garden slap bang in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Soho. The accommodation is basic three star with no frills, but what a location!
The theatre is close to Leicester Square tube station so you could also look at staying in Bloomsbury which is only a couple of stops away (or a 20 minute walk) and does offer some more great deals: the 4 star Hotel Russell or the 3 star ‘tourist’ hotels the National or the President are usually substantially cheaper than a West End hotel would be!
Theatre : Noel Coward, St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AU
Performance times: Monday to Saturday at 19:30; and Wednesday & Saturday at 14:30
Opened : 23rd July 2014
Booking to: 18th April 2015
Nearest tube station: Leicester Square on Northern Line
Nearest hotels: Guoman Charing Cross, Radisson Blu Mercer Street, Travelodge Covent Garden
Just as there is risk in watching a film adaptation of a favourite book, there are moments of doubt approaching a stage adaptation of a favourite film. However, you can rest easy with Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre. This version retains much of the original script, by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, which slips effortlessly between teasing and glorifying the words and mechanisms of the master at work.
The performance is well served by great pace, youthful leads and some hilarious ensemble work. The mobile musicians provide an excellent soundtrack that manages to wrap beautifully around some intense moments. We loved the flexible set that placed us in the audience at one moment and on stage with the actors in the next.
Recommend that you catch this before it closes in April.