Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Shakespeare in Love (1998) is a Comedy, Drama, Romance film directed by John Madden – 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 sees 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 . IMDB


Directed By – John Madden

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast – Gwyneth Paltrow , Steven O’Donnell , Joseph Fiennes , Judi Dench , Geoffrey Rush , Tom Wilkinson , Patrick Barlow , Nicholas Boulton , Antony Sher , Martin Clunes , Georgie Glen , Simon Callow , Tim McMullan , Bridget McConnell , Steven Beard , Sandra Reinton

In Theaters – 8 January 1999

Duration – 123 Minutes

MPAA Rating : R

Taglines : Love is the only inspiration

Story Writers: Marc Norman , Tom Stoppard

Country: USA

Language: English

Production Company : Universal Pictures , The Bedford Falls Company , Miramax