Shakespeare in Love

Synopsis: Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to both Philip Henslow and Richard Burbidge but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing. He is in search of his muse, the woman who will inspire him but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily for them as he is already married and she has been promised to the dour Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola's love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is R
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director(s): John Madden
Production: Miramax
  Won 7 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 88 nominations.
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123 min

I could cause a riot in a nunnery.

-But now...

-And yet you tell me you lie with women.

Black Sue, Fat Phoebe...

Rosaline, Borages seamstress,

Aphrodite, who does it behind...

Yes, now and again.

What of it?

I have lost my gift.

I am here to help you.

Tell me, in your own words.

Its as if my quill is broken...

as if the organ of my imagination

has dried up...

as if the proud tower

of my genius has collapsed.


-Nothing comes.

-Most interesting.

Its like trying to pick a lock

with a wet herring.

Tell me, are you lately humbled

in the act of love?

How long has it been?

A goodly length in times past,

but lately...

No, no.

You have a wife, children?


I was a lad of 18. Anne Hathaway

was a woman half as old again.

-A woman of property?

-She had a cottage.

One day she was 3 months

gone with child, so...

And your relations?

-On my mothers side, the Ardens.

-No, your marriage bed.

in Stratford.

A cold bed, too,

since the twins were born.

Banishment was a blessing.

-So, now you are free to love...

-Yet cannot love, nor write it.

Here is a... a bangle...

found in Psyches temple

on Olympus.

Cheap at 4 pence.

Write your name on a paper

and feed it into the snake.

Will it restore my gift?

The woman who wears the snake will

dream of you, and your gift will return.

Words will flow like a river.

See you next week.

-Now where?

-To the palace at Whitehall.

All right.

Hello, Will.

Prithee, Mr. Kempe. Break a leg.

-You too, good Crab.

-Crabs nervous. Hes never played the palace.

When will you write me

a tragedy, Will?

-I could do it.

-No, they'd laugh at Seneca if you played it.

There is no dog in the first scene,

Mr. Kempe, thank you.

-How goes it, Will?

-Im still owed money for this play...


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Marc Norman

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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