Production photography is today released for the brand new tour of the critically acclaimed West End hit play Shakespeare in Love, currently playing at Theatre Royal Bath until 13 October, with opening night for press on Thursday 11 October. The new production, directed by Phillip Breen, will also tour to Nottingham, Malvern, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Chichester until 24 November.

Pierro Niel-Mee stars as Will Shakespeare with Imogen Daines as Viola, Rob Edwards as Fennyman, Geraldine Alexander as the Queen, Edmund Kingsley as Kit Marlowe, Bill Ward as Wessex, Ian Hughes as Henslowe, Giles Taylor as Tilney and De Lesseps, Edward Harrison as Burbage and Philip Labey as Sam. The cast also includes Rowan Polonski as Ned Alleyn/Catling, Kevin N Golding as Lambert/Wabash, Joshua Richards as Frees/Ralph, Jonathan Blaydon as Nol/Valentine, Richard Rowe McGhie as Adam, Rosalind Steele as Molly, Toby Webster as Peter/Robin and Jazmine Wilkinson as Webster/Mistress Quickly.

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching, he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the frosty disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age.

Shakespeare in Love, the Oscar winning film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and starring Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, premiered 20 years ago and went on to win seven Academy Awards, including best screenplay. It was adapted for the stage by Lee Hall with music by Paddy Cunneen and opened to a triumphant West End run in 2014.

Shakespeare in Love is presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Group and Sonia Friedman Productions. Phillip Breen directs, with design by Max Jones, lighting by Tina MacHugh, sound by Dyfan Jones, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, music by Paddy Cunneen and with Associate Producers Rebecca Stafford, Eilene Davidson and Mark Puddle.

Shakespeare in Love
Presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Group and Sonia Friedman Productions
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Phillip Breen
Designer: Max Jones
Lighting Designer: Tina MacHugh
Sound Designer: Dyfan Jones
Movement Director: Ayse Tashkiran
Associate Producers: Rebecca Stafford, Eilene Davidson, Mark Puddle

Theatre Royal Bath
Thursday 4 - Saturday 13 October
Press night: Thursday 11 October
Box Office: 01225 448815

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 October
Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Malvern Festival Theatre
Tuesday 23 Oct - Saturday 27 October
Box Office: 01684 569256

Oxford Playhouse
Tuesday 30 - Saturday 3 November
Box Office: 01865 305305

Cambridge Arts Theatre
Monday 5 - Saturday 10 November
Box Office: 01223 503333

King’s Theatre Edinburgh
Monday 12 - Saturday 17 November
Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Chichester Festival Theatre
Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 November
Box Office: 01243 781312