Rose Theatre Kingston presents
Romeo + Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Be swept away by Shakespeare’s most powerful love story. When fresh blood rouses an ancient grudge, two young lovers find themselves brutally divided.
Set in a timeless Verona, Romeo + Juliet tells the explosive story of an intense passion between the son and daughter of sworn enemies. After an innocent meeting that instantly binds their futures together, Romeo and Juliet are thrust into a vortex of murder, deceit and animosity that their love can neither stifle nor survive.
Celebrated for her bold and dynamic re-imaginings of timeless classics, director Sally Cookson creates an epic theatrical experience that shakes up the 400-year-old play without losing its touching, poetic innocence. The production is set to Prokofiev’s memorable theme, beautifully re-interpreted and played live by composer Benji Bower.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sally Cookson back to the Rose. She is a glorious collaborator – a joy to have in the building, and an extraordinary director with an incredible visual flair. Reunited with the team behind her 2014 production of Hetty Feather, I cannot wait to see what they will bring to Romeo + Juliet.” Robert O’Dowd – Chief Executive of the Rose Theatre Kingston
By turns lyrical, seductive and hot-blooded, this is the explosive story of an intense passion between the children of sworn enemies. Risking everything to be together, their tragedy is played out in a divided city where lives are ruled by secrets and fear.
Nurse – Sharon D Clarke,
Lady Capulet – Maureen Beattie,
Paris/Prince – Matt Costain,
Friar Lawrence/Montague – Chris Bianchi,
Juliet – Audrey Brisson,
Romeo – Joseph Drake,
Mercutio – Laura Elphinstone,
Tybalt – Felix Hayes,
Benvolio – Daniel Ezra
Peter – Javier Marzan
Top left to right:
Laura Elphinstone (Mercutio), Joseph Drake (Romeo), Sharon D Clarke (Nurse), Felix Hayes (Tybalt), Maureen Beattie (Lady Capulet)
Bottom left to right: Matt Costain (Paris/Prince), Daniel Ezra (Benvolio), Javier Marzan (Peter), Christopher Bianchi (Friar Lawrence/Montague), Audrey Brisson (Juliet)
Executive Producer Jerry Gunn
Director: Sally Cookson
Composer: Benji Bower;
Designer: Katie Sykes
Lighting: Aideen Malone;
Sound: rMike Beer;
Movement: Dan Canham
The Rose Theatre Kingston
28 February – 21 March 2015
7.30pm, Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun mat 3pm
Post show Q&A with director Sally Cookson after the evening performance on the 19th March 2015.
Saturday 14th March 2.30pm – signed performance
Saturday 21st March 2.30pm – audio described performance with a touch tour at 1pm
Tickets: £28 £22 £16
Thu mat £20 £17 £13
Pit Cushions £8