Delightful. Young Shakespeare has a writer's block. His play in the making has been promised by a producer to someone he owes money to. Shakespeare goes to a doctor or some such who gets him a muse to find inspiration. And the play titled 'Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter' gets transformed by the torrid romance that goes on between Shakespeare and Viola, a wealthy man's daughter.
Viola loves to act but she cannot as women were not permitted to. She disguises herself as a man and plays Romeo. Shakespeare is already married but separated. He is drawn to Viola despite knowing that she is engaged to be married to a Lord. But Viola has to play Juliet and she does and Shakespeare has to play Romeo and he does and the way the story moves through its twists and turns and the absolutely fantastic finale is superb. We stand up with the rest to applaud the performers, the play that shows the true nature of love as the Queen wants it to and 'Romeo and Juliet' is born. Apparently it is based on many real life characters and parts of other Shakesperean plays. But it is delightfully written and performed. Joseph Fiennes as Will Shakespeare, Gwynneth Paltrow as Viola, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Colin Firth - it is a minefield of talent. An absolute must-watch and a repeat watch.