Pierro Niel-Mee

The full casting for the tour of Shakespeare in Love has been announced with more dates to be revealed in due course.

Pierro Niel-Mee will take on the leading role of William Shakespeare while leading lady Imogen Daines will star as Viola.

Joining them is Rob Edwards (Fennyman), Geraldine Alexander (The Queen), Edmund Kingsley (Kit Marlowe), Bill Ward (Wessex), Ian Hughes (Henslowe), Giles Taylor (Tinley and De Lesseps), Edward Harrison (Burbage) and Philip Labey (Sam).

The tour opens at Theatre Royal Bath on 4th October and is currently due to draw to a close at Chichester Festival Theatre on the 24th November but further dates are to be announced.

Pierro Niel-Me most recently starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Hypocrite and Imperium and previous credits include the West End and Broadway productions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. On TV he is best known for starring in Lewis, Casualty and Bouquet of the Barbed Wire.

Imogen Daines’ previous credits include Netflix’s Black Mirror, the film adaptation of On Chesil Beach and, most recently, the Oxford Shakespeare Company production of Private Lives.

About the show

Based on the Oscar-winning film by the same name, starring Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, the story was originally adapted for the West End by Lee Hall in 2014.

Following its triumphant run, the iconic show is about to embark on the new national tour, this time directed by Phillip Breen with music by Paddy Cunneen.

The fictitious story follows a young William Shakespeare as he sets out to beat his writer’s block and craft the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

With his deadline fast approaching, Shakespeare finds himself in desperate need of inspiration when he meets Viola de Lesseps. Viola is Shakespeare’s biggest fan and is willing to do anything to fulfil her dream of performing on the London stage, whilst also pursuing a passionate affair with the playwright himself.

The play is presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Group and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Selected tour dates and venues:

30th October – 3rd November, 2018: Oxford Playhouse
5th November – 10th November, 2018: Cambridge Arts Theatre
12th November – 17th November, 2018: King’s Theatre Edinburgh
20th November – 24th November, 2018: Chichester Festival Theatre

Further dates will be announced in due course. GTOs looking to book tickets are asked to contact individual theatres.

Image: Pierro Niel-Mee (Photo Credit: The Corner Shop PR)