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Romeo And Juliet

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Closed August 13, 2016

"We are plunged into a vividly imagined 1950s Italy of dark-suited men, petticoated women, bicycling friars, patriarchal oppression and frantic partying. You feel Fellini is due any moment to film it with a movie camera and, even if the result has its odd

The Guardian

Why See Romeo And Juliet?

the ultimate love story.

Not content with playing the unashamedly cute couple in Disney's live action Cinderella this year, Richard Madden and Lily James are pairing up yet again (!) for a revival of Romeo and Juliet, at the Garrick Theatre. Joined by Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, the play is set to throw out prejudices about age. The play was last seen on Broadway starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad as the doomed lovers, and is set to take London by storm, in what will be a bumper season year for Branagh at the Garrick.

Please note, as of August 5, 2016, Richard Madden will be replaced by Freddie Fox due to the advice of doctors.

What is it about?

Two warring families in old Verona are ordered on pain of death by the Prince to put aside their differences and end the skirmishes for the sake of their city. However, the families, the Capulets and Montagues have other ideas. When the son of the Montagues, Romeo, spots the daughter of the Capulets, Juliet at a party they are instantly besotted with each other and vow not to let their families get in the way of true love.

However, simmering tensions between the families explodes after the two elope, and a double murder sees Romeo exiled outside the city, and Juliet betrothed to another. Can the two lovers find a way back to each other, or are they doomed to live out the curse of their families' actions?

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Dates

Opening night: 25 May 2016

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

To be confirmed by producers

Cast and Creative

Cast

Freddie Fox as Romeo
Lily James as Juliet
Derek Jacobi as Mercutio
Meera Syal as The Nurse
Marisa Berenson as Lady Capulet
Jack Colgrave Hirst as Benvolio
Tom Hanson as Paris
Matthew Hawksley as Anthony
Taylor James as Prince
Ansu Kabia as Tybalt
Racheal Ofori as Potpan
Nikki Patel as Balthasar
Chris Porter as Lord Montague
Zoe Rainey as Lady Montague
Michael Rouse as Lord Capulet
Sam Valentine as Friar Laurence
Kathryn Wilder as Peta/Apothecary

Creative

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

What we thought

stylish Passionate WONDERFUL

The jewel in the crown of Kenneth Branagh's year long Garrick residency

​There never was a more stylish way to show the story of Juliet and her poor Romeo.

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