October 5-13, 2018
Drayton Hall Theatre
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
With Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Andrew Schwartz
In this stage adaptation of the Oscar®-winning film, penniless and struggling young
playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful
Viola de Lesseps, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing
to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised
her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the
veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the
very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, will it all work out
in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
An absolute joy from beginning to end.