Theatre’s fresh spin on classic tale

Romeo and Juliet, Nottingham Playhouse.
Romeo and Juliet, Nottingham Playhouse.

ROMEO And Juliet, Shakespeare’s great tragedy of family feuds and forbidden love, is being given a fresh spin in a modern and theatrically inventive production at Nottingham Playhouse.

The exciting production is at the venue until Saturday, March 24. Robert Icke directs an acclaimed new staging, co-produced with Headlong Theatre, The Nuffield Southampton, and in association with Hull Truck Theatre.

In the blistering heat and bloody violence of Verona’s streets, two lovers must risk everything to be together. Passionate and dangerous, impetuous and heartbreaking; Shakespeare’s great tragedy of family feuds and forbidden love is given a fresh spin in this modern and theatrically inventive production.

Giles Croft, artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, is looking forward to welcoming the show in Nottingham: “Over the years, Nottingham Playhouse has made first class work with a number of major British companies and in this production we are delighted to be working for the first time with three new partners.

“Romeo & Juliet has long been the source material for ambitious re-workings and in this production we are so pleased to present Robert Icke’s imaginative approach, which brings a contemporary look that stimulates and surprises.

“It has already been received very warmly, with audiences around the country enthusiastic in their response, and we are proud that the name of Nottingham Playhouse is being promoted with such excellent work.”

Nottingham Playhouse is also excited to be working with The Mouthy Poets during the run. In the first collaboration of its kind, the theatre has invited them to entertain and engage the audience with a variety of mini events and performances prior to each performance, designed to prepare both mind and spirit for this exciting version of the play. Armed with their words and their wits, The Mouthy Poets will mingle with the audience in the foyers and stimulate them with performances, workshops, spoken and unspoken works, group pieces and solo ventures.

Ticket details are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.