Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

John Madden (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Taking the writing process behind Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as its inspiration, John Madden's follow-up to Mrs Brown combines contemporary humour with a convincing 16th-century setting. Young Will (Joseph Fiennes) falls for the soon-to-be-married Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) after he casts her, disguised as a boy, as his Romeo. As their love affair unfolds, so does the play in a film that is passionate, intelligent and hysterically funny by turns. Fiennes and Paltrow are supported by an outstanding cast that includes Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson and Colin Firth, while Judi Dench delivers an Oscar-winning portrayal of Elizabeth I, making fine use of Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's Oscar-winning script.


The Elizabethan dramatist suffers from writer's block while working on his new play, and to make matters worse creditors are about to close down the theatre. But when a noblewoman disguises herself as a man to fulfil her dream of appearing on stage, the Bard becomes enchanted by her and is inspired to pen the most famous love story of all time. Comedy, with Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Ben Affleck, Geoffrey Rush, Martin Clunes and Tom Wilkinson.

Cast & Crew

Will Shakespeare Joseph Fiennes
Viola De Lesseps Gwyneth Paltrow
Queen Elizabeth Judi Dench
Ned Alleyn Ben Affleck
Philip Henslowe Geoffrey Rush
Richard Burbage Martin Clunes
Christopher Marlowe Rupert Everett
Hugh Fennyman Tom Wilkinson
Lambert Steven O'Donnell
Nurse Imelda Staunton
Tilney Simon Callow
Dr Moth Antony Sher
Will Kempe Patrick Barlow
Lord Wessex Colin Firth
Ralph Bashford Jim Carter
Wabash Mark Williams
First boatman Simon Day
Prostitute Lucy Speed
Director John Madden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Sex scenes, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama