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  • 1. Shakespeare in Love (Miramax, 1998) Directed by: John Madden Written by: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard William Shakespeare Trivia The play performed before the Queen is Two Gentlemen of Verona. While disguised as Thomas Kent, Viola quotes this a soliloquy from this play as her audition for Shakespeare. The other auditioning actors quote Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. (“Is this the face that launched a thousand ships…”) Titus Andronicus would logically be John Webster’s favorite Shakespeare play. It is, by far, Shakespeare’s goriest play and such a departure in style for Shakespeare that some Shakespeare scholars do not believe he wrote it at all. Webster did become a playwright; his signature pieces are The Duchess of Malfi, a gory play itself, and The White Devil. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare did not write all his plays by himself. Some believe that he collaborated with Marlowe on some, while some believe that Marlowe simply wrote them for Shakespeare – even after his “death.” The movie Anonymous addresses the theory that Edward DeVere, earl of Oxford, wrote the plays. Many scholars think Marlowe may have “pulled a Tupac/Elvis,” faking his own death to get out of trouble he fell into as a spy. According to this conspiracy theory, Marlowe moved to the English countryside, where Shakespeare visited him whenever he needed a play.
  • 2. Many scholars also believe that had Marlowe survived, we would be studying Marlowe, not Shakespeare. Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards in 1998: Best Picture, Best Actress -- Gwenyth Paltrow ; Best Supporting Actress -- Judi Dench; Art Direction; Costume Design; Set Decoration; Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen. Joseph Fiennes has a thing for Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare and Marlowe. Along with Geoffrey Rush, he appeared in the biopic Elizabeth, which came out in 1999, shortly after Shakespeare in Love. He played Queen Elizabeth I’s married lover. Fiennes was trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. He has performed in many Shakespeare plays, most recently appearing in Love’s Labor’s Lost. He has also starred as Bassanio in the film version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Bassanio is a lover with a cash flow problem. Fiennes also spent two seasons performing in Marlowe’s Edward II, a play about a reputedly gay king of England. Colin Firth has gone on to star in the Bridget Jones movies as Mark Darcy, Bridget’s love interest and in the movie version of Mamma Mia! He also played the painter Vermeer in Girl with a Pearl Earring. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of King George VI in The King’s Speech. Several of the stars of this movie have worked together in other productions. Judi Dench, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett were all in The Importance of Being Earnest. Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow were in Running with Scissors. Mark Williams and Imelda Staunton appear in two Harry Potter movies with Ralph Fiennes, Joseph’s brother.
  • 3. Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts were all considered for the lead roles. When Shakespeare in Love was being made, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck were romantically involved. Gwyneth went on to marry Coldplay singer Chris Martin, while Ben married Jennifer Garner. Ned Alleyn married Henslowe’s stepdaughter. Alleyn went on to found Dulwich College Henslowe managed the Rose and Fortune theaters. His diary is considered by many as an invaluable source of information about the Elizabethan theater. Prince Edward, son of Queen Elizabeth II of the British Commonwealth, currently holds the title Earl Of Wessex, bestowed upon him when he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999. Edward expressed interest in the title after watching Shakespeare in Love.