Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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TitleShakespeare in Love
Year1998
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
GenreHistory (Movies)
Run Time2h 3 min
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In 1593 London, William Shakespeare is a sometime player in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and playwright for Philip Henslowe, owner of The Rose Theatre. Suffering from writer’s block with a new comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter, Shakespeare attempts to seduce Rosaline, mistress of Richard Burbage, owner of the rival Curtain Theatre, and to convince Burbage to buy the play from Henslowe. Shakespeare receives advice from rival playwright Christopher Marlowe, but is despondent to learn Rosaline is sleeping with Master of the Revels Edmund Tilney. The desperate Henslowe, in debt to ruthless moneylender Fennyman, begins auditions anyway.

Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, who has seen Shakespeare’s plays at court, disguises herself as a man named Thomas Kent to audition. Kent gains Shakespeare’s interest with a speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona, but runs away when Shakespeare questions her. He pursues Kent to Viola’s house and leaves a note with her nurse, asking Kent to begin rehearsals at the Rose. Shakespeare sneaks into a ball at the house, where Viola’s parents arrange her betrothal to Lord Wessex, an aristocrat in need of money. Dancing with Viola, Shakespeare is struck speechless. After introducing himself as Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare is ejected by Wessex, who threatens to kill him. Shakespeare finds Viola on her balcony, where they confess their mutual attraction before he is discovered by her nurse and flees.

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Cast:

Joseph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes
Will Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow Gwyneth Paltrow
Viola De Lesseps
Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush
Philip Henslowe
Colin Firth Colin Firth
Lord Wessex
Ben Affleck Ben Affleck
Ned Alleyn
Judi Dench Judi Dench
Queen Elizabeth
Simon Callow Simon Callow
Edmund Tilney
Jim Carter Jim Carter
Ralph Bashford
Martin Clunes Martin Clunes
Richard Burbage
Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson
Hugh Fennyman

In 1593 London, William Shakespeare is a sometime player in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and playwright for Philip Henslowe, owner of The Rose Theatre. Suffering from writer’s block with a new comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter, Shakespeare attempts to seduce Rosaline, mistress of Richard Burbage, owner of the rival Curtain Theatre, and to convince Burbage to buy the play from Henslowe. Shakespeare receives advice from rival playwright Christopher Marlowe, but is despondent to learn Rosaline is sleeping with Master of the Revels Edmund Tilney. The desperate Henslowe, in debt to ruthless moneylender Fennyman, begins auditions anyway.

Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, who has seen Shakespeare’s plays at court, disguises herself as a man named Thomas Kent to audition. Kent gains Shakespeare’s interest with a speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona, but runs away when Shakespeare questions her. He pursues Kent to Viola’s house and leaves a note with her nurse, asking Kent to begin rehearsals at the Rose. Shakespeare sneaks into a ball at the house, where Viola’s parents arrange her betrothal to Lord Wessex, an aristocrat in need of money. Dancing with Viola, Shakespeare is struck speechless. After introducing himself as Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare is ejected by Wessex, who threatens to kill him. Shakespeare finds Viola on her balcony, where they confess their mutual attraction before he is discovered by her nurse and flees.

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