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Opening in summer 2014, the play was adapted by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") from Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay for the 1998 Oscar-winning Gwyneth Paltrow movie.

New York -- Viola de Lesseps will serve as muse to struggling playwright Will Shakespeare once more when the stage version of Shakespeare in Love opens next summer in London.

Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions will team on the long-gestating project. The new play has been adapted by Lee Hall, the Tony-winning book writer of Billy Elliot, who also penned the screenplay for the original film on which that hit musical was based.

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Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, known for bold reinterpretations of Shakespeare's texts through their theater company Cheek by Jowl, will stage Shakespeare in Love, with direction by Donnellan and design by Ormerod.

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