Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play.
Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.
LEE HALL is an English playwright, television writer, screenwriter, and lyricist. He is best known for writing the 2000 film Billy Elliot and the book and lyrics for its stage musical adaptation, as well as the 2019 film Rocketman and 2007 play The Pitmen Painters. Hall has been the recipient of many awards for all aspects of his work. He won the Alfred Bradley Bursary and the Richard Imison Prize with his first play for radio, I Luv You Jimmy Spud, which he adapted for the screen as Gabriel and Me and which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival. His career stemmed from seeing the film Kes, which inspired him to try his hand at writing and led to him spending some time as Pearson Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He received a Writers Guild and Talkie Award in 1997 for Spoonface Steinberg, one of his God’s Country series of plays for BBC Radio which was then adapted for television. His first screenplay for a feature film was Billy Elliot which was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.