2023 – MUST’s Production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by MUST Artistic Director Yvonne Virsik, Set Design by Nathan Burmeister


On Screen, Shakespeare in Love won seven academy awards and stole our hearts.  Now, this tongue-in-cheek reimaging of William Shakespeare is also an enchanting, hilarious stage play, and a celebration of theatre itself.


Young Will has a bad case of writer's block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching and he's in desperate need of inspiration. He finds it in Viola, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – his masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet.  With opening night fast approaching, plots collide in a rollicking tale of romance, mistaken identity, petty scheming, dramatic irony, lusty innuendo, and tempestuous wordplay.

Shakespeare in Love is a stirring love story, and at its heart, a joyful, hilarious love letter to live theatre – with plenty of knowing winks to the present.

“An absolute joy from beginning to end.”  Daily Express

“Makes you feel grateful to be alive.”  Independent   

Dates: 1 - 3 June 2023 | Thurs & Fri 7.30pm, Sat 1.30pm - (AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE) & 7.30pm
Tickets: MSA plus $22, $25 Conc. $35 Full
Venue: The Alexander Theatre, 48 Exhibition Walk, Monash University, CLAYTON
Run time: approx. 2 hrs, 30 mins, including interval
Age Suitability: 13+ | Content Notes: Adult Themes, Low Grade Violence, Sexual Assault
Enquiries via MUST 9905 8173
More info via Facebook.

In partnership with MPAC, MUST returns to the Alexander Theatre where they have staged some of their most memorable productions:
Spring Awakening: “I was rendered speechless ... pure ecstasy” ★★★★★  Theatrepeople
and David Finnigan’s Kill Climate Deniers: “compelling and electric theatre that needs to be seen” Australian Arts Review
This production is proudly supported through collaboration with Monash University Performing Arts Centres and the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Major Campuses and Student Engagement. 
Monash Uni Student Theatre is a department of the Monash Student Association.


Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Omerod
By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French, A Concord Theatricals Company


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