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One of the most famous romantic stories of all time returns to the stage of the Courtyard theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 with Rupert Goold taking on the duties of director whilst Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale take on the title characters of Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy has been witnessed by millions of people for numerous generations since it was first staged in the 1500s, with various adaptations for the stage and screen. Perhaps the most famous in recent years is Baz Luhrmann’s 1990s movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, but the tale lives on in many forms and has influenced storytelling ever since.
Romeo and Juliet brings us to the city of Verona, a location that is gripped by the ongoing feud between the Montague family and the Capulet family. Within the Montagues is Romeo, a young man whose eyes are set on Rosaline, a girl who knocks him back and leaves him ridden with angst. So his friends Mercutio and Benvolio take him to a party thrown by the Capulets, where, under disguise, he spots Juliet – a beautiful Capulet daughter.
The pair fall instantly in love, but it is a story that will end in tragedy as Mercutio is killed at the hands of Tybalt Capulet, announcing a plague on both families. Romeo seeks revenge and the result is his banishment from Verona, where he is forced away from his love and left to spend his days alone. But with some help, Juliet concocts a plan to allow her to be by his side forever – a plan that goes famously wrong.
Rupert Goold is an acclaimed director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, who currently holds the title of their Associate Director. It is the first time he has taken the helm of a production of theirs since “The Tempest” in 2006 and his latest since his Laurence Olivier Award win for his role directing the acclaimed “Enron” at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre. His other credits have included “Six Characters in Search of an Author” at the Gielgud Theatre in 2008, “Rough Crossings” at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2007 and “Speaking Like Magpies” for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005.
Romeo and Juliet is at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from Friday 12th March 2010 to Friday 27th August 2010.
|Booking From:||Friday, 1st January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 27th August 2010|
|Matinees:||Selected dates at 7.15pm|
|Evenings:||Selected dates at 1pm|
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