Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Love is the only inspiration.

  • Genre: Romance, History, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1998-12-11
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 2884 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Miramax
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Madden
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Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

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  • Joseph Fiennes

    as Will Shakespeare
  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    as Viola De Lesseps
  • Geoffrey Rush

    as Philip Henslowe
  • Tom Wilkinson

    as Hugh Fennyman
  • Judi Dench

    as Queen Elizabeth
  • Imelda Staunton

    as Nurse
  • Colin Firth

    as Lord Wessex
  • Ben Affleck

    as Ned Alleyn
  • Simon Callow

    as Tilney
  • Steven Beard

    as Makepeace
  • Jim Carter

    as Ralph Bashford
  • Rupert Everett

    as Christopher Marlowe
  • Martin Clunes

    as Richard Burbage
  • Tim McMullan

    as Frees
  • Joe Roberts

    as John Webster
  • Antony Sher

    as Dr. Moth
  • Georgie Glen

    as Lady in Waiting
  • Nicholas Boulton

    as Henry Condell
  • Barnaby Kay

    as Nol
  • Mark Williams

    as Wabash
  • Jill Baker

    as Lady De Lesseps
  • Nicholas Le Prevost

    as Sir Robert De Lesseps
  • Rebecca Charles

    as Chambermaid
  • Bob Barrett

    as George Bryan
  • Simon Day

    as Taxi boatman
  • Bridget McConnell

    as Lady in Waiting
  • Sandra Reinton

    as Rosaline
  • Jason Round

    as Tavern Actor
  • Rupert Farley

    as Barman
  • Adam Barker

    as First Auditionee
  • Harry Gostelow

    as Second Auditionee
  • Alan Cody

    as Third Auditionee
  • David Curtiz

    as John Hemmings
  • Gregor Truter

    as James Hemmings
  • Amber Glossop

    as Scullery Maid
  • Robin Davies

    as Master Plum
  • Hywel Simons

    as Servant
  • Roger Morlidge

    as James Armitage
  • Daniel Brocklebank

    as Sam Gosse
  • Mark Saban

    as Augustine Phillips
  • Timothy Kightley

    as Edward Pope
  • Roger Frost

    as Second Taxi Boatman
  • Rachel Clarke

    as First Whore
  • Lucy Speed

    as Second Whore
  • John Ramm

    as Makepeace's Neighbour
  • Paul Bigley

    as Peter
  • Patrick Barlow

    as Will Kempe
  • Steven O'Donnell

    as Lambert
  • John Inman

    as Lady Capulet in Play
Production Donna Gigliotti Producer
Production Michelle Guish Casting
Production David Parfitt Producer
Costume & Make-Up Sandy Powell Costume Design
Production Marc Norman Producer
Camera Richard Greatrex Director of Photography
Editing David Gamble Editor
Production Harvey Weinstein Producer
Art Steven Lawrence Art Direction
Directing John Madden Director
Writing Marc Norman Screenplay
Writing Tom Stoppard Screenplay
Production Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Production Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Sound Stephen Warbeck Original Music Composer
Production Edward Zwick Producer
Art Jill Quertier Set Decoration
Crew Stuart Williams Carpenter
Production Linda Bruce Associate Producer
Production Mark Cooper Line Producer
Art Rachael Jones Sculptor