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Shakespeare in Love

By Lee Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard 
Directed by Claire Hoult

Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th August 2024

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

‘The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good—in spite of all the people who say he is very good.’

The year is 1594–ish. An upstart crow from Stratford has promised his latest play to both Richard Burbage who runs the Curtain Theatre and to Philip Henslowe – heavily indebted theatrical entrepreneur and owner of the rival Rose Theatre. The play is the thing, but summer’s lease is all too short and the script is still not written. Inspiration for the masterpiece (working title: Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter) is lacking and young Will is suffering from writer’s block. Until he meets Viola de Lesseps -noblewoman, muse, theatre groupie and….surely not…an actor? Cue gender-bending mistaken identities as men play women, and women play men playing women - all leading to a comedy of errors and the greatest love story ever written. Royal patronage, backstage intrigue, gruesome assassination and true love – the course of which is not known for running smooth - all conspire to create a fast-paced Elizabethan theatrical romp. ‘Comedy. That’s what they want. Love and a bit with a dog.’ We’re not sure about the dog.


Lee Hall’s stage adaptationis based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Oscar-winning screenplay.


The play has a couple of main roles and an ensemble who are required to take on some fairly large roles and many very peachy cameos.


Main Roles:

Will Shakespeare (m?): 30s-ish.

Viola de Lessops (f?): 30s-ish


The ensemble includes other great roles (most of which will be doubled with smaller parts and all of which can be played any gender and a wide range of ages) such as:

Richard Burbage: actor, businessman, theatre-owner

Philip Henslowe: another theatrical entrepreneur – and desperate to repay his creditors by means of that great money-making enterprise know as theatre

Kit Marlowe: Shakespeare’s more-successful playwright friend

Queen Elizabeth: Judi Dench or QE2 or similar?

Viola’s nurse: on control of the fates of the lovers - as in Romeo and Juliet

Ned Alleyn: very theatrical leading actor of his day

John Webster: a bloodythirtsy wannabe who grows up to write some spectacularly gory plays

Sir Robert de Lessops: Viola’s betrothed and a fairly vile human being – needs to marryViola for money and keen to head to his plantations in Virginia

Blue Stockings

By Jessica Swale
Directed by Natalie Romero

Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th November 2024

Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre

It's 1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable.

In Jessica Swale's debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate.

But little do they anticipate, though, the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

Blue Stockings received its professional premiere at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in August 2013, directed by John Dove. The cast of characters includes up to 16 roles for male and female actors, with doubling, of diverse playing ages. 

Character Cast: 

The Girton Girls: Playing age 18 - 30

Celia Willbond: a fragile, hard worker
Tess Moffat: a curious girl
Carolyn Addison: an early bohemian
Maeve Sullivan: a mystery


The Boys: Playing age 18 - 30


Ralph Mayhew: a student at Trinity

Lloyd: a student at Trinity

Holmes: a student at Trinity

Edwards: a student at Trinity

Will Bennet: a student at Kings, friend of Tess

The Staff: Playing age 30+

Elizabeth Welsh: Mistress of Girton College

Dr Maudsley: renowned psychiatrist

Mr Banks: lecturer at both Girton and Trinity
Miss Blake: a lecturer at Girton

Prof. Collins: a lecturer at Trinity

Prof. Anderson: a lecturer at Trinity

Prof. Radleigh: a board member at Trinity

Minnie: the housemaid

Mr Peck: gardener and maintenance man

Miss Bott: chaperone


The Others

Billy Sullivan: Maeve’s brother (18 - 30)

Mrs Lindley: Haberdasher’s shopkeeper (30+)

A Librarian
Additional Male Students

A Lady and her Husband in a Café

More information on how to audition or get involved as crew will be coming shortly.

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