By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) – The 1998 hit movie “Shakespeare in Love” wove the Bard’s famous words into a Hollywood romantic comedy. Now it’s back in a stage version that retains the sly humour of Tom Stoppard’s script while making it all seem a bit more Shakespearean. The play that opened at London’s Noel Coward theatre on Wednesday night, backed by Disney and leading British producer Sonia Freedman, inevitably lacks the star power of Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, Gwyneth Paltrow – who won an Oscar for best actress – as Viola de Lesseps and Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I. But Tom Bateman as Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola bring an engaging and youthful energy to a script adopted from the screenplay by Stoppard and co-writer Marc Norman.
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