Players reimagine 'Shakespeare in Love'

Players reimagine 'Shakespeare in Love'

With their latest production, “Shakespeare in Love,” the Williamsburg Players celebrate theater, history, comedy, romance and the enduring impact of William Shakespeare. Performances run throughout September at the James-York Playhouse.

“There’s something for the people with PhDs in English literature and the people who just want a romantic comedy,” said director Justin Giroux.

Based on the 1998 film of the same name, which won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, the play adaption debuted in London’s West End in 2014. Giroux said the rights holder, Samuel French Inc., was hesitant to allow a community theater such as the Players to produce the relatively new...