Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.

  1. Marc Norman


  2. John Madden


  3. Tom Stoppard


Top Billed Cast

  1. Joseph Fiennes

    Joseph Fiennes

    Will Shakespeare

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Viola De Lesseps

  3. Geoffrey Rush

    Geoffrey Rush

    Philip Henslowe

  4. Tom Wilkinson

    Tom Wilkinson

    Hugh Fennyman

  5. Judi Dench

    Judi Dench

    Queen Elizabeth

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Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love


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Release Information

  • December 11, 1998


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 2m

Budget $25,000,000.00

Revenue $289,317,794.00

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