Shakespeare in Love
by Austin Playhouse

Mar. 23 - Apr. 22, 2018

A brand new adaptation by Lee Hall of the beloved Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard comes to life onstage in one of Austin Playhouse's biggest productions to date. Young Will Shakespeare is suffering from a severe case of writer’s block as the deadline fast approaches for his new play—a half-baked mess called Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter. But then he meets Viola de Lesseps, a headstrong noblewoman and Will's greatest admirer, who will stop at nothing to be in his next play. 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. Against a bustling backdrop of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, this raucous romantic comedy tells the story of the love that inspired Will to write a masterpiece.


The production is co-directed by Don Toner and Lara Toner Haddock and stars Stephen Mercantel as Will Shakespeare and Claire Grasso as Viola de Lesseps. The cast features fellow Austin Playhouse Company Members Brian Coughlin as Lord Wessex, Mary Cox as Queen Elizabeth, Huck Huckaby as Fennyman, Samuel Knowlton as Tilney and Sir Robert de Lesseps, Bernadette Nason as the Nurse, Jason Newman as Marlowe, Steve Shearer as Burbage, Michael Stuart as Henslowe, J Ben Wolfe as Ned Alleyn, and Lara Wright as Mistress Quickly and Molly. The remaining ensemble cast includes Paul Christian, Bethany Harbaugh, Tyler Jones, Craig Kanne, Kevin Moxley, Luke Stiller, Ryan Williams, and Owen Ziegler.


The production team includes Buffy Manners (costume design), Diana Huckaby (assistant costume design), Joel Mercado-See (sound design), Mark Novick (lighting design), Mike Toner (set design), Toby Minor (fight choreography), and Sarah Fleming Walker (musical direction).

Interview feature by Julie Tereschchuk in Austin Lifestyle magazine, April 5, 2018




Shakespeare in Love
by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted by Lee Hall
Austin Playhouse

March 23 - April 22, 2018
Austin Playhouse
6001 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX, 78752

March 23 – April 22, 2018, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.

Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78752

Tickets range from $20 - $44

BOX OFFICE:   Call 512.476.0084 or email

DISCOUNTS:  All student tickets are half-price. $3 discount for Seniors 65 and up. Group rates available.

Tickets $16 - $32 plus service fees, wll be available HERE via TicketLeap.


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