This was great fun! Director Declan Donnellan had a great cast to work with, including some of the best of the Stratford senior members and many of the new young talent pool.
Everyone knows the story, given the success of the movie it was based on. No liberties were taken with the story, at least as far as I remember. And the jokes and in-jokes are still funny.
Luke Humphrey charmed us all as William Shakespeare as did Shannon Taylor playing Viola de Lesseps. Watching them rehearse Romeo and Juliet, it struck me that it would be interesting to see them in those roles in a real production..
Mention must be made of Tom McCamus as Fennyman and Stephen Ouimette as Henslowe. They were hilarious, but had strong support from Steve Ross as Burbage, Garetb Potter as Ralph, Mike Nadajewski as Adam and the Boatman. His boatman was brilliant.
Newcomer Saamer Usmani was a wonderful Kit Marlowe – witty and handsome. He was a great match for Luke Humphrey.
Sarah Orenstein had a small role as Queen Elizabeth, but she made the most of every line.
Everyone in the play did a terrific job and delivered a delightful evening at the theatre.