Shakespeare in Love

In 1593 London, William Shakespeare is a sometime player in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and poor playwright for Philip Henslowe, owner of The Rose Theatre. Shakespeare is working on a new comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Suffering from writer’s block, he has barely begun the play, but starts auditioning players. Eventually a changed play, Romeo and Juliet premieres.

Transcript from Shakespeare in Love

WABASH

T- T- T- Two… T- T- T- T… T… T… T… T- T- Two households…

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

We’re lost.

PHILIP HENSLOWE

No, it will turn out well.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

How will it?

PHILIP HENSLOWE

I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

WABASH

T- T… T… T- T… T… T…

Two households, both alike in dignity
in fair Verona where we lay our scene.
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life
whose misadventured, piteous overthrows
doth with their death bury their parents” strife.
the which if you with patient ears attend
what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Wonderful.

WABASH

Was it…good?

SAMPSON

Gregory, on my word we’ll not carry coals.

GREGORY

No, for then we should be colliers.

SAMPSON

I mean, and we be in choler we’ll draw.

SAM

Master Shakespeare.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Luck be with you, Sam. Sam!

SAM

It’s not my fault. I could do it yesterday.

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