Sunday, 21 October 2018

Star-crossed lovers in new two-hander

A MODERN adaptation of Shakespeare’s great romance between two star-crossed lovers plays at the Watermill this September before going on

A MODERN adaptation of Shakespeare’s great romance between two star-crossed lovers plays at the Watermill this September before going on tour to schools.

Following the success of the theatre’s touring production of Othello last year, a cast of two actors in a contemporary setting cut to the very core of the play — the relationship between Romeo and Juliet and the world around them.

Shakespeare’s original has been adapated by Beth Flintoff, who says: “We are so pleased to be touring an Elizabethan play for the third year running, thanks to the enthusiastic response from our audience in previous years. These productions are rigorously true to the original Shakespearean text, but the play has been cut down to make it shorter and as easy to understand as possible.

“We very much want Romeo + Juliet to be exciting, punchy and straightforward enough for everyone to feel that they will completely ‘get it’.”

Edward Hancock, last seen at the Watermill as Pip in Great Expectations, and Sophie Steer play the two lovers caught between their feuding families, and entangled in an emotionally-charged but tragic relationship.

The show runs from Tuesday to Saturday, September 17 to 21 at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor. Box office 01635 46044 or visit www.watermill.org.uk

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