Shakespeare in Love
Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon see through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet.
Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson, Steven O'Donnell, Rupert Everett, Tim McMullan, Steven Beard, Antony Sher, Patrick Barlow, Martin Clunes, Sandra Reinton, Simon Callow, Bridget McConnel, Georgie Glen, Nicholas Boulton, Imelda Staunton, Colin Firth, Desmond McNamara, Barnaby Kay, Jim Carter, Paul Bigley, Jason Round, Rupert Farley, Adam Barker, Joe Roberts, Alan Cody, Mark Williams, David Curtiz, Gregor Truter, Simon Day, Jill Baker, Robin Davies, Nicholas Le Prevost, Timothy Kightley, Mark Saban, Bob Barrett, Roger Morlidge, Daniel Brocklebank, Roger Frost, Rebecca Charles, Lucy Speed, Patricia Potter, John Ramm