Romeo and Juliet at Barbican Theatre tickets
Romeo and Juliet at Barbican Theatre tickets

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Shakespeare’s enduring story of teenage love within a violent world of feuding families comes to London part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s annual season at the Barbican Theatre. Originally opening in Stratford, Romeo and Juliet offers up some of the RSC’s best talent, catapulting the Bard’s well-known tragedy firmly into the 21st century.

Romeo and Juliet is arguably Shakespeare’s best-known play, following the tragic love between the titular characters. When Romeo and his friends sneak into a fancy dress party hosted by the Capulets, rivals to his own family and with whom he often fights in the streets, he falls in love with the only child of Lord Capulet.

As their secret love affair blossoms, the pair are led down a path of lies, deception and elaborate plans to be together unimpeded. A chain of miscommunications means that this tale has an incredibly tragic ending. The RSC production sees the tale catapulted into modern-day, exploding with passion as it focuses on a generation of young people born into violence.

Erica Whyman, deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directs the play, with credits at Northern Stage and the Gate Theatre. Creative team includes designer Tom Piper, lighting designer Charles Balfour and sound designer Jeremy Dunn. The production also features music by Sophie Cotton and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill reprise their roles as the star-crossed lovers. Fishwick most recently appeared in the West End in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and has credits to her name at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Lyceum. Gill has appeared in multiple RSC productions and has also worked at the Arcola, Arts Theatre and Menier Chocolate Factory.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is transposed into a setting that makes it ideal for current young theatregoers. The production plays a limited season at the Barbican Theatre, featuring as part of the RSC’s London Season, which also includes The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth. Romeo and Juliet plays from 2 November 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Important information

Playing at: Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Performance dates: 19 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019

Running time: 2 hours 43 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: No under 5's

Special notice: This is a great play for introducing young people to Shakespeare, and those less familiar with his work. It is also a timeless story of ill-fated love between two teenagers, and the consequences of prejudice against others.

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Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick were excellent as Romeo and Juliet. As was Ishia Bennison as the nurse and Charlotte Josephine as Mercutio.... More

kimr 160 cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The second half of the show was more exciting when the plot went from Juliet and Romeo falling deeply for each other that they were... More

Vanessassa 160cm, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A striking and contemporary take on the play, full of youthful spirit. More

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 379 reviews, 37 helpful votes


lena2 173, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes


tingchiac 8 reviews, 1 helpful vote


alexandert3 40 reviews, 0 helpful votes