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.

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  1. Marc Norman


  2. John Madden


  3. Tom Stoppard


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  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

  6. Imelda Staunton

    Imelda Staunton


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 2m

Budget $25,000,000.00

Revenue $289,317,794.00

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Release Information

  • December 11, 1998
    R, Theatrical



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