With the stage adaptation of “Shakespeare in Love” now in previews on the West End, audiences are getting their first look at the new co-production that teams Disney's theatrical division with Sonia Friedman, the translatlantic producer behind the upcoming legit outing of the “Harry Potter” franchise. Click through for a glimpse at a show that seems poised for a New York berth should the London version prove a hit.
Briggs-Owen takes on Viola, the part that won Gwyneth Paltrow an Oscar, while Bateman steps into Joseph Fiennes' shoes as Will.
For the stage version of the film, Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") adapts the Academy Award-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stopard.
The storyline follows a budding Bard who, suffering from writer's block, finds the inspiration for one of his best-known plays in a romance with a merchant's daughter.
The 1998 film won seven Oscars including best picture.
A look at the set of 'Shakespeare in Love,' staged by director Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the duo behind theater company Cheek by Jowl. Critics weigh in on the world premiere production following the show's July 23 press opening.