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 Romeo and Juliet, the play at the center of this movie.
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?
In the opening scene, Mr. Fennyman (Tom Wilkinson) and his henchmen Mr. Frees (Tim McMullan) and Lambert (Steven O'Donnell) are torturing Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) due to an unpaid debt. Henslowe offers to cut Fennyman in on the profits from a new play by William Shakespeare. We hear Lambert, off-camera, say, "I think I've seen it," but it appears the on-camera Mr. Frees is actually mouthing the words. The shot then cuts to Lambert, who says on-camera, "I didn't like it."
The Region 2 DVD contains some deleted scenes:
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