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5 STARS! "Funny, often genuinley moving, and generates a glow you could warm your hands by." – Daily Telegraph

"It makes you feel grateful to be alive."The Independent

"Marvelously fluid, riotously funny, and often intensely, even startlingly poignant ... it could just make you fall, all over again, in loe with Shakespeare." – Chicago Tribune

Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. In a classic case of mistaken identity and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his first masterpiece. This charming adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay features live musicians and 13 of the Bay Area’s favorite actors!

Lee Hall wrote the screenplay to the film Billy Elliot (1999), directed by Stephen Daldry for Tiger/BBC Films/WT2, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, Pride and Prejudice, in 2005, and adapted The Wind in the Willows for television in 2006.

With Sir Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in the 1998 Academy Awards for the script of Shakespeare in Love; he also shared in the Best Picture Oscar for the film as co-producer.

Performance Schedule

Evenings

Tue - Sun 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sun (Preview) Nov 28, 4pm
Thu (Perspectives) Dec 7, 1pm
Sat, Dec 2 & 16, 2pm
Sun Dec 3, 10 &17, 2pm


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Ticket Prices

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Previews (Nov 24-26) $37 $37
Opening Night (Nov 28) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.


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GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Click here or call 415.388.5208. SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances MILITARY – $6 off all performances. Learn more UNDER 30 – $22, all performances EDUCATOR – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request. TEENS – $10, all performances

Discounts and special rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208 

Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability.  Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order.  Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.

Cast

Creative Team

  • Tom Stoppard

    Screenwriter

    Plays: The Hard Problem, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Night and Day, TheReal Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia, Rock’n’Roll. Adaptations: On the Razzle (Nestroy), Rough Crossing (Molnar). Tom’s most recent work for TV was Parades End; for radio Darkside (with Pink Floyd); and for film Anna Karenina. His film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead won the Venice FIlm Festival Prix d’Or, and Shakespeare in Love won an Academy Award.

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  • Marc Norman

    Screenwriter

    Two-time Academy Award winning writer-producer Marc Norman is the co-screenwriter (with Tom Stoppard) and a producer of the unique romantic comedy S􀀌hakespeare in Love, released by Miramax Films in December of 1998. The film was ultimately nominated for 13 Oscars and received a total of seven, including for Original Screenplay and Best Picture, for which Norman also received an Oscar as a producer. 

    Norman first envisioned the idea for his screenplay in 1990 while working with director Ed Zwick. His idea was to portray a young William Shakespeare - before he achieved success - as a struggling writer working to create his first truly great play; "Romeo and Juliet." Before then, Shakespeare had written several plays and poems, but, in fact, it wasn't until "Romeo and Juliet" that he became the preeminent playwright of his time and demonstrated that a genius resided among the relatively new order of writer known as playwrights. 

    What, however, inspired Shakespeare to reach deeper and farther than he had before with "Romeo and Juliet?" Love, of course, was Norman's premise, and he began writing the screenplay for Universal Pictures. Tom Stoppard joined the two filmmakers as a co-wr\ter. As happens too often, a good idea lay dormant until Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein found the project and thought it a perfect vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow. Weinstein acquired the rights to the screenplay from Universal and started production with director John Madden in 1998. The film also stars Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, Oscar winner Geoffrey-Rush, Dame Judi Dench, Ben Affleck, and Tom Wilkinson. 

    Born-and-raised in Hollywood, Norman attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he received his Master's degree in English Literature and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. Norman spent most of his free time following graduation writing poetry, short stories and, ultimately, three novels. 

    He started entertainment career in the Universal Studios mail room, along with other young men including producer Mike Medavoy and directors Walter Hill and John Badham. He subsequently worked for Leonard Stern, the producer of Get Smart. Stern encouraged him to move to New York City, where he worked for David Suskind and Daniel Melnick. Returning to Los Angeles, he wrote a screenplay that, though it didn't sell, attracted several offers to write for episodic television programs. A subsequent screenplay, The Challenge, was turned into one of the first "ABC Movies of the Week," starring Darren McGavin and Mako. He continued writing movies for television before selling his original scrienplay Oklahoma Crude to Columbia for Stanley Kramer to direct for the big screen. The film, starring George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway; was profitable, and Norman was launched as a feature writer. 

    Norman's happiest experience was on his next film, Zandy's Bride, which he wrote for stars Gene Hackman and Liv Ullmann. He next co-wrote The Killer Elite with Oscar-winner Stirling Silliphant, Sam Peckinpah's revenge-themed thriller starring James Caan and Robert Duvall; and the Irwin Winkler production of Breakout (co-written by Howard B. Kreitsek and Elliot Baker), starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Robert Duvall. 

    Norman, a pilot, appeared as a stunt flyer with his classic bi-plane in The Great Waldo Pepper. Inspired by the experience, he subsequently wrote and directed the original play Ormer Locklear, about the first wing walker, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum. Television producer Bruce Paltrow attended Norman's play and offered him the opportunity to direct several episodes of The White Shadow. (Paltrow's daughter, Gwyneth, coincidentally starred in Shakespeare in Love.)

    Taking a break from his movie work, Norman wrote his extensive What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting in 2006, a single-volume overview not only his profession but the Hollywood context it occupied over the 100 years of its existence, as well as a cultural history of the movie century. Random House published the book to welcoming reviews in 2007 - Salon judged it one of the best books of the year, and it appeared as a Three Rivers paperback in the fall of 2008.

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  • Lee Hall

    Playwright (adaptation)

    Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1966. 

    Film: War Horse, DreamWorks, 2011, Billy Elliot, Working Title Films, 2000 

    Theatre: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre, 2015, UK tour and National Theatre, 2016; The Pitmen Painters, Live Theatre/ Royal National Theatre, 2007/8/9, Broadway, 2010, West End, 2011; Billy Elliot - the Musical;  Cooking with Elvis - Newcastle / West End

    Theatre Adaptations: Shakespeare In Love, Noel Coward Theatre, The Barber of Seville  Bristol Old Vic, 2003, The Good Hope Royal National Theatre; Mother Courage; tour/ West End; The Adventures of Pinocchio Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith A Servant to Two Masters RSC/ Young Vic 1999; Mr Puntila and his man Matti Almedia Theatre, 1998

    Opera:  English adaptation of Il Pagliacci, English National Opera, 2008.

    Radio (all BBC): I Luv You Jimmy Spud, 1996, Spoonface Steinberg, 1997. I Love You, Ragie Patel, 1997, The Sorrows of Sandra Saint, 1997; Blood Sugar, 1997; Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (from Vargas Llosa) 1998; Gristle, 1999; Child of the Snow, 2000; Child of the Rain, 2000.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers