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 informationPlaying 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.