YEAR: 1998

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

It is little known that the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love (1998) was intended to be filmed many years earlier starring Richard Burton. However, the film failed to raise the money necessary for production and the screenplay was sidelined for a number of years before being brought to life again in the late 90s. The art seen here is from the original attempt.

SUMMARY

Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the Company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is.

ART DIRECTOR/ARTIST

John DeCuir Jr.