Postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, this Romeo & Juliet is in the trailblazing hands of award-winning director Ola Ince (Appropriate at Donmar Warehouse, Poet In Da Corner at the Royal Court), who is currently artistic associate at the Royal Court.
The casting is equally exciting, with Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter, Red) stepping into the lovesick shoes of Romeo three months after impressing in The Picture of Dorian Grey. Rebecca Murrell, whose stage credits include the Royal Court’s Scenes with Girls and Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., is playing the equally infatuated Juliet, and Beth Cordingly (The Merry Wives of Windsor with the RSC) her mean mother Lady Capulet.
Dwane Walcott (Hamlet with the Barbican) will take on the role of Romeo’s rival Paris, and Sargon Yelda (Antony and Cleopatra at the National) that of the young lovers’ would-be saviour Friar Lawrence.
The production has a tough act to follow, coming just months after the National Theatre wowed home audiences with an inspired film adaptation of the story. This Romeo & Juliet was filmed on the Lyttelton stage and released on Sky Arts, with stars Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor lending their names and talent to the roles of the lovers.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said: ‘To even be announcing a season means that we are inching ever closer to getting back to doing the thing that we love, the thing that the Globe was built for, and the thing that so many of us, artists and audience alike, have lost during this time: sharing time, space and story with as many people as is safe. This is a historic moment, and not to be underestimated; we have a long way to go as we emerge and heal from this, but theatre can help us get there: that’s what it’s for. To express the often inexpressible, bear the often unbearable, laugh, cry, be – safely – together. The readiness is all and Shakespeare’s Globe is ready.’
Romeo & Juliet opens on 26 June 2021. Culture Whisper readers have access to an exclusive ticket pre-sale from 7 April, with general onsale following from 8 April. Click here to book.
|What||Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe|
|Where||The Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
26 Jun 21 – 17 Oct 21, Performance times vary, run time: 2h30mins no interval
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|