About

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

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Directed by

John Madden

Written by

Tom Stoppard (Screenplay)
Marc Norman (Screenplay)

Runtime

123 minutes

Country

United States of America, United Kingdom

Language

English

Tagline

Love is the only inspiration.

Cast

Keywords

london, england theater play cross dressing 16th century acting queen elizabeth i false history playwright francis bacon elizabethan england

Photos

Lists

#49 on Top 100 British films BFI

#50 on AFI's 100 years...100 passions AFI

Awards

Oscar for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score

Oscar for Best Costume Design Sandy Powell

Oscar for Best Picture Harvey Weinstein Edward Zwick

Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration