Multiple Characters quotes

Hugh Fennyman: [Dropping Mr. Henslowe's feet into hot coals] Henslowe! Do you know what happens to a man who doesn't pay his debts? His boots catch fire!

Makepeace, the Preacher: [protesting outside The Rose] Licentiousness is made a show! Vanity and pride are likewise made a show! This is the very business of show!

Lord Wessex: My lady, the tide waits for no man, but I swear it would wait for you.

Richard Burbage: The Master of the Revels despises us all for vagrants and peddlers of bombast. But my father, James Burbage, had the first license to make a company of players from Her Majesty, and he drew from poets the literature of the age. We must show them that we are men of parts. Will Shakespeare has a play. I have a theatre. The Curtain is yours.

Queen Elizabeth: Playwrights teach us nothing about love. They make it pretty, they make it comical, or they make it lust, but they cannot make it true.
Viola De Lesseps: Oh, but they can!

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.

Hugh Fennyman: Uh, one moment, sir.
Ned Alleyn: Who are you?
Hugh Fennyman: I'm, uh... I'm the money.
Ned Alleyn: Then you may remain so long as you remain silent.

Lord Wessex: [about Viola] Is she obedient?
Sir Robert de Lesseps: As any mule in Christendom - but if you are the man to ride her, there are rubies in the saddlebag.
Lord Wessex: I like her!

Lord Wessex: I have spoken with your father.
Viola De Lesseps: So, my lord? I speak with him every day.

William Shakespeare: I have a new play.
Christopher Marlowe: What's it called?
William Shakespeare: Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter.
Christopher Marlowe: What is the story?
William Shakespeare: Well, there's this pirate... In truth I have not written a word.
Christopher Marlowe: Romeo...Romeo is Italian. Always in and out of love.
William Shakespeare: Yes, that's good. Until he meets...
Christopher Marlowe: Ethel
William Shakespeare: Do you think?
Christopher Marlowe: The daughter of his enemy.
William Shakespeare: The daughter of his enemy...
Christopher Marlowe: His best friend is killed in a duel by Ethel's brother, or something. His name is Mercutio.
William Shakespeare: Mercutio...Good name.
Nol: Will, they're waiting for you!
William Shakespeare: I'm coming...Good luck with yours, Kit.
Christopher Marlowe: I thought your play was for Burbage.
William Shakespeare: This is a different one.
Christopher Marlowe: A different one you haven't written?

Viola De Lesseps: Master Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare: The same, alas.
Viola De Lesseps: Oh, but why "alas"?
William Shakespeare: A lowly player.
Viola De Lesseps: Alas indeed, for I thought you the highest poet of my esteem and writer of plays that capture my heart.
William Shakespeare: Oh - I am him too!

Lord Wessex: I cannot shed blood in her house, but I will cut your throat anon. Do you have a name?
William Shakespeare: Christopher Marlowe, at your service.

William Shakespeare: Follow that boat!
Boatman: Right you are, guv'nor!... I know your face. Are you an actor?
William Shakespeare: Yes.
Boatman: Yes, I've seen you in something. That one about a king.
William Shakespeare: Really?
Boatman: I had that Christopher Marlowe in my boat once.
[Will sighs]

Viola De Lesseps: [after her first experience with sex] I would not have thought it: there IS something better than a play!
William Shakespeare: There is.
Viola De Lesseps: Even your play.
William Shakespeare: Hmm?
Viola De Lesseps: And that was only my first try.

Nurse: My lady, the house is stirring. It is a new day.
Viola De Lesseps: It is a new WORLD.

Ned Alleyn: [about Marlowe's death in a tavern] A quarrel about the bill.
Philip Henslowe: The bill! Ah, vanity, vanity!
Ned Alleyn: Not the billing - the BILL!

Viola de Lesseps: [as Thomas Kent] Tell me how you love her, Will.
William Shakespeare: Like a sickness and its cure together.

Philip Henslowe: The show must... you know...
William Shakespeare: [prompting him] Go on!

Viola De Lesseps: I loved a writer and gave up the prize for a sonnet.
William Shakespeare: I was the more deceived.
Viola De Lesseps: Yes, you were deceived, for I did not know how much I loved you.

William Shakespeare: Can you love a fool?
Viola De Lesseps: Can you love a player?

Viola De Lesseps: [as Juliet] I do remember well where I should be, and there I am - where is my Romeo?
Nurse: [crying, shouting from the audience] Dead!

Lord Wessex: How is this to end?
Queen Elizabeth: As stories must when love's denied: with tears and a journey.

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