The play is set in Verona and tells the tragic tale of two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who cannot help but brawl every time they encounter one another. Romeo, a young Montague, gets more than he bargained for when he and his friends gate crash a Capulet party, meeting the beautiful young Juliet. Despite Juliet’s planned engagement to eligible young Batchelor, Paris, the pair fall in love at first sight and begin a dangerous and devastating affair.
With the help of Juliet’s Nurse, the pair marry in secret in an act of love that surely must be strong enough to break the age old war between the two noble households…
Also joining Madden and James is another of their Cinderella co-stars, Derek Jacobi. Jacobi played the King in the fairy-tale film and will now, somewhat controversially, play Romeo’s best friend, Mercutio in the production. Jacobi will be 77 when he takes on the role, usually played by much younger men. Whilst Mercutio’s age is never referenced in the text, this casting should make for an interesting interpretation of the piece.
Romeo and Juliet is arguably Shakespeare’s most well-known and celebrated text. The story of the young pair of lovers is frequently brought to life on stage and in film.
Romeo and Juliet was the fourth installment in the Kenneth Branagh season and ran from 12th May 2016 - 13th August 2016.
Recommended forFans of Branagh’s Cinderella will love seeing its stars play lovers once again. Similarly fans of Game of Thrones may very much enjoy seeing Robb Stark in the flesh! Shakespeare fans should also enjoy the show as one of the writers best loved pieces.
Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children