By Edward Baran LONDON (Reuters) – The Disney-backed stage adaptation of the hit film “Shakespeare in Love” won nearly across-the-board rave reviews in London this week, to the relief of its creators who are pleased that their big gamble looks set to pay off. The show, based on the 1998 Hollywood movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, received a standing ovation from its opening night audience on Wednesday at the Noel Coward theatre in London’s West End theatre district. With the backing of the Disney organisation, which is behind money-spinners like the “The Lion King”, and co-production by leading British producer Sonia Friedman, the stage revamp has gone straight to a commercial theatre instead of having the benefit of a first run at a government-subsidised venue, as is common in British theatre. “Obviously something like this was such a huge production which is probably the biggest play that has even been put on in the West End,” playwright Lee Hall, who did the adaptation from the movie script that was in part written by Tom Stoppard, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Please Like Us!!!