Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: Shakespeare in Love, October 19 - November 11


Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen

October 19 – November 11, 2017 | Preview October 18

John Hirsch Mainstage

"Witty, sexy and timeless tale…soars as a romantic comedy" – Gig City

R0yal MTC's 60th anniversary season will open with Lee Hall's hilariously moving adaptation of Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

Theatre lovers will swoon over this nod to a budding Shakespeare in his days of writing Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Faced with writer's block, he's in search of inspiration and will stop at nothing to find it. Enter Viola de Lesseps, an actor who becomes Shakespeare's muse. Soon they're caught up in a forbidden romance, but will it last? Experience laughter and drama in this love letter to theatre.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE stars Andrew Chown as Will Shakespeare, Gabe Grey as Kit Marlowe, Garett Ross as Henslowe, Andrew MacDonald-Smith as Adam/Boatman/Frees, Ashley Wright as Fennyman, John Ullyatt as Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps/Lambert, Paul Essiembre as Richard Burbage, Patricia Cerra as Mistress Quickly/Kate, Patricia Darbasie as Nurse, Robert Benz as Ralph, Sarah Constible as Queen Elizabeth/Molly, Bahareh Yaraghi as Viola de Lesseps, Ray Strachan as Nol/Catling, Matthew Fletcher as Peter, Kayvon Khoshkam as Ned, Kevin Klassen as Wessex, Luc Tellier as Robin, Tristan Carlucci as Sam, Tom Keenan as Webster, Farren Timoteo as Wabash/Valentine.

The creative team is led by Director Daryl Cloran, Set & Costume Designer Cory Sincennes, Lighting Designer Scott Henderson, Sound Designer Matthew Skopyk, Choreographer Laura Krewski, Fight Director Jonathan Purvis, Stage Manager Michelle Chan, Assistant Stage Manager Kathryn Ball and Apprentice Stage Manager Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy.

Tickets for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE start at $27.00 plus GST.

For showtimes and ticket information, call the Royal MTC Box Office at 204 942 6537,

toll-free at 1 877 446 4500 or visit