R | | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
The street preacher at the start, points towards the Rose Theatre and proclaims "The Rose, smells thusly rank, and would by any other name", is an adaptation of "That which we call a rose, would by any other name smell as sweet", which is a line in ... ...
Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!
Hugh Fennyman: Why do you howl when it is I who am bitten?
Mr. Wabash the tailor as the Prince of Verona in the play within the film gives the final speech of the last Act ("Never was a story of more woe..."), then bows to the audience. In the side shot that follows, an audience member to his right is clearly applauding, but no sound is audible, as the scene is supposed to be uncomfortably silent while the actors wonder why the audience isn't applauding.
$4,224,426 (USA) (10 January 1999)