AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SAMUEL FRENCH ABOUT “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ANNOUNCES “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”
IS NOW AVAILABLE IN A HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
New York, NY (March 5, 2019) – Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company, is delighted to announce that Shakespeare in Love is now available for licensing to schools across the United States and Canada. This new high school edition, developed in conjunction with the Disney Theatrical Group, includes an accompanying Production Handbook.
The original version of the play was adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Lee Hall from the Academy Award®-winning film by Tony and Academy Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Marc Norman. Premiered in the West End, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare in Love went on to become the most-produced play in America during the 2017-2018 season, as reported by Theatre Communications Group.
This new edition of Shakespeare in Love was developed with high schoolers in mind. It includes changes that affect content and music performance to make it more suitable for teens and young adults. The Production Handbook features dramaturgical and historical resources, curricular lesson plans, structured audience engagement opportunities, along with tips on casting, design and staging, and more! Available for free at samuelfrench.com, the handbook aims to make producing the show as easy and rewarding as possible, maximizing engagement with the world of the play. In June, this high school edition of Shakespeare in Love will be performed in Lincoln, Nebraska at the prestigious Educational Theatre Association’s International Thespian Festival by J.J. Pearce High School of Richardson, Texas.
Samuel French looks forward to celebrating theaters across the country as they join the community of those who have presented Shakespeare in Love and experienced this “ebullient crowd-pleaser” (The New York Times) on their stages.
“For us, creating Shakespeare in Love was a genuine valentine to the Theatre,” said Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “It will now be thrilling see how High School students realize their own versions of this joyous and romantic play.”
For more information on licensing Shakespeare in Love, visit here for the original version available to professional and community groups, restrictions apply, and here for the high school edition.
ABOUT SAMUEL FRENCH
Samuel French is the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. The company’s catalog features some of the most acclaimed work ever written for the stage and titles by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. Samuel French is proud to have served as a leader in theatrical publishing and licensing for over 180 years. In December, Samuel French was acquired by the Concord family and became part of Concord Theatricals. With a growing staff of unparalleled experts, Concord Theatricals will support and grow Samuel French’s ethos of championing playwrights, innovating in the industry and celebrating all those who create theatre around the world.
ABOUT CONCORD THEATRICALS
Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical agency, comprised of R&H Theatricals, The Musical Company, Tams-Witmark and Samuel French. Concord Theatricals is the only firm that provides truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals under a single banner, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.
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