Adapted for the stage from the Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love tells of a young Shakespeare who is facing writer’s block and is short on cash and inspiration. To his rescue comes Viola, whom he quickly falls in love with and who inspires him to write his most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet.

The Festival has been selected as one of only three theatres to present the first United States productions of this passionate and fun celebration of the Bard and theatre.



Director — Brian Vaughn
Scenic Designer — Scott Davis
Costume Designer — Bill Black
Lighting Designer — Donna Ruzika
Sound Designer — Matt Tibbs
Music Director — Brandon Scott Grayson
Choreographer — Christine Kellogg
Dramaturg — Isabel Smith-Bernstein
Voice and Text Coach — Gale Childs Daly
Fight Director — Geoffrey Kent
Stage Manager —  Bryan Sommer*

Scene: London, 1593
There will be one intermission.


Will Shakespeare — Quinn Mattfeld* 
Kit Marlowe — Shane Kenyon* 
Henslowe — John G. Preston*
Lambert — Redge Palmer*
Fennyman — Jonathan Gillard Daly*
Frees — John Harrell
Burbage — Michael Elich*
Mistress Quickly — Latoya Cameron*
Tilney — Jonathan Haugen*
Queen Elizabeth — Susanna Florence
Viola de Lesseps — Betsy Mugavero*
Nurse — Leslie Brott*
Ralph — Richie Call
Nol — Aaron Arroyo
Robin — Jack Lafferty
Adam — Brandon Burk
John Webster — Sceri Sioux Ivers
Wabash — John Harrell
Wessex — Geoffrey Kent*
Sir Robert de Lesseps — Jonathan Haugen*
Sam — Michael Manocchio
Peter — Josh Durfey
Ned Alleyn — Jeb Burris*
Boatman — Redge Palmer*
Molly — Latoya Cameron*
Kate — Alexandra Zorn*
Spot — Titus
Ensemble — Aaron Arroyo, Brandon Burk, Richie Call, Latoya Cameron*, Josh Durfey, John Harrell, Sceri Sioux Ivers, Jack Lafferty, Michael Manocchio, Cameron Martin†, Abigail Rose Nakken†, Alexandra Zorn*


Will Shakespeare—Brandon Burk; Kit Marlowe/Ned Alleyn—Max Falls; Henslowe—Jack Lafferty; Lambert/ Frees/ Ralph/ Wabash/ Boatman—Dylan Campbell Troost; Fennyman—Redge Palmer*; Burbage/Wessex—Aaron Arroyo; Mistress Quickly/Molly/Kate—Abigail Rose Nakken†; Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps—John Harrell; Queen Elizabeth—Leslie Brott*; Viola de Lesseps—Sceri Sioux Ivers; Nurse—Latoya Cameron*; Nol/Robin/Adam/Peter—Cameron Martin†; John Webster—Keaton Delmar Johns; Sam—Connor Cook
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.


The fight director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. 


The scenic, costume, and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE. 

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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Top photo: Redge Palmer (left) as Boatman, Quinn Mattfeld as Will Shakespeare, and Betsy Mugavero as Viola de Lesseps in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Shakespeare in Love.

Play Details

June 30 – September 8, 2017

Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall

Brian Vaughn

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Content Advisory
This play tells a fanciful story of how Shakespeare may have written Romeo and Juliet, including a love affair between Shakespeare and his muse. As such, it includes some mild adult language and innuendo. This play is suitable for most audiences and especially for fans of the Bard.