Director: PAUL STEBBINGS
Producer: GRANTLY MARSHALL
Music: John Kenny
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They are also Italian. And so one starting point of our production is to stay with Shakespeare’s torrid Latin setting. We choose to locate the production in Baroque Italy – the world of Casanova, Don Juan, Vivaldi and Bernini Italy, where clan violence, dignity, aristocracy, Catholicism, arranged marriages and chaste love are all imaginable. A world where the symbolic becomes real is a myriad statues and paintings that flit between love and death – Eros and Thanatos – the tension at the heart of this bloody romance.
The play is highly stylised, masked balls and ritual violence form set pieces. We will employ stylised choreography and once again commission a live musical score from a leading composer. While establishing a rich theatrical environment we will also strive to maintain a shakespearian style that relies on the actor’s skills and audience’s imagination rather than complex settings and design. As with our current acclaimed production of HAMLET, we will attempt to present the play rather than impose a simplistic interpretation on the original. “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the most popular plays ever written, we aim to present it with its poetry and romance intact, while delivering a powerful, stylised drama.
Paul Stebbings directed ROMEO & JULIET for the company five years ago – this new version, freshly set and edited, will draw on the strengths of the earlier production while charting a new and exciting course. (website reviews and images are from the 2004 production until we open).