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Shakespeare in Love (1998)


Drama, History, Romance

Shakespeare in Love is romantic period comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard, and produced by Harvey Weinstein. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench. It primiered at December 3, 1998 on New York City.

Tale about a fictional relationship between William Shakespeare and a young woman who poses as a man in order to star in one of the writer’s plays. Suffering from writer’s block, Shakespeare is in need of a new muse. He soon finds inspiration in the form of a beautiful female aristocrat, but her daring determination to act in his play puts their already forbidden relationship on even more dangerous ground.

Director: John Madden

Writers: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson, Colin Firth


Geoffrey RushPhilip Henslowe
Tom WilkinsonHugh Fennyman
Steven O’DonnellLambert
Tim McMullanFrees
Joseph FiennesWill Shakespeare
Steven BeardMakepeace – the Preacher
Antony SherDr. Moth
Patrick BarlowWill Kempe
Martin ClunesRichard Burbage
Sandra ReintonRosaline
Simon CallowTilney – Master of the Revels
Judi DenchQueen Elizabeth
Bridget McConnellLady in Waiting
Georgie GlenLady in Waiting
Nicholas BoultonHenry Condell
Gwyneth PaltrowViola De Lesseps
Imelda StauntonNurse
Colin FirthLord Wessex
Desmond McNamaraCrier
Barnaby KayNol
Jim CarterRalph Bashford
Paul BigleyPeter – the Stage Manager
Jason RoundActor in Tavern
Rupert FarleyBarman
Adam BarkerFirst Auditionee
Joe RobertsJohn Webster
Harry GostelowSecond Auditionee
Alan CodyThird Auditionee
Mark WilliamsWabash
David CurtizJohn Hemmings
Gregor TruterJames Hemmings
Simon DayFirst Boatman
Jill BakerLady De Lesseps
Amber GlossopScullery Maid
Robin DaviesMaster Plum
Hywel SimonsServant
Nicholas Le PrevostSir Robert De Lesseps
Ben AffleckNed Alleyn
Timothy KightleyEdward Pope
Mark SabanAugustine Philips
Bob BarrettGeorge Bryan
Roger MorlidgeJames Armitage
Daniel BrocklebankSam Gosse
Roger FrostSecond Boatman
Rebecca CharlesChambermaid
Richard GoldLord in Waiting
Rachel ClarkeFirst Whore
Lucy SpeedSecond Whore
Patricia PotterThird Whore
John RammMakepeace’s Neighbor
Martin NeelyParis / Lady Montague
Jason AnthonyNobleman
Carlisle AntonioIndian
Steve ApeltTheatregoer
Matthew ChristianQueen Elizabeth I Party Guest
Kelley CostiganTheatregoer
Rupert EverettChristopher Marlowe
John InmanLady Capulet in play

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