Greenfields Theatre Company Production of Shakespeare in Love

A romantic comedy and Tudor fantasy, loosely based on the multi-Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love, set in London in the late 16th century – young playwright William Shakespeare struggles with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter.

Wealthy Viola de Lesseps, a great fan of Shakespeare’s play is about to be married to the insensitive Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. During Shakespeare’s time, women were not allowed to act on stage (female roles were played by boys) but dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo, and soon she and Will are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.

Chloe Wicks, now attending Oxford University, starred in the production, along with Alexander Jonas Holden as Shakespeare. They were more than ably directed by our Drama teacher Mrs. Maria Bird, taking over the reins of GTC for the first time.

“Girls playing boys playing girls, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, a pig called Hamlet,” said Head Teacher Mr. Grant Hudson, “along with a re-created Globe Theatre and some other surprises too – this was GTC at its best!”