Hickory – The hilarious romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love continues its run this weekend in the Jeffers Theatre. The performances will play through March 22.

The play centers on a young Will Shakespeare who’s struggling to write a new play for the Rose, a theatre in London. By a strange set of circumstances, meets Viola de Lesseps who becomes his new muse for his latest work. The show is a comedic love letter to the greatest writer in the English language and the theatre he called home.

Shakespeare in Love premiered at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End in July 2014. In February 2017, the first U.S. production of the play occurred at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Lee Hall, the playwright who adapted Shakespeare in Love from the 1998 movie, has been a writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Performances of Shakespeare in Love are Fridays and Saturdays (Mar 13, 14, 20, & 21) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (Mar 12 & 19) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Mar 15 & 22) at 2:30pm.

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets are $16 for all adults and $10 for students. Call the box office at 828-328-2283 or visit hickorytheatre.org to purchase tickets or get more information.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress are the sponsors of the 2019-2020 Season. Shakespeare in Love is being produced by Commscope, Shurtape, and the Friends of the Theatre.

PHOTO: Joy McManus-Rodgers as Nurse and Sophie Marie Stanley as Viola in Shakespeare in Love at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances run March 12 through March 22 in the Jeffers Theatre. For show times and tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Ken Burns.