Romeo and Juliet

02 June 2008 - 02 August 2008

By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare raised Romeo and Juliet to iconic status. Their names the world over have become an ideal of youthful passion.

In his new role as Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader opened his first season with this thrilling play. ‘Night’s cloak’ famously hides the young lovers, what better way to share their story than beneath that same night sky.

The Sunday Telegraph

"From the moment the young lovers enter the stage... there is sexual chemistry in the air. And that chemistry bubbles away purposefully... you really do believe they can't keep their hands off each other."

Evening Standard

“Sheader’s Fifties Mafia-country production of Romeo and Juliet... is stamped with invention, surprise and imagination.”

The Daily Telegraph

"As Romeo, Nicholas Shaw is pretty much dream casting... As Juliet, ravishing newcomer Laura Donnelly matches him for grace...Movement director Liam Steel orchestrates stylish outbreaks of orgiastic writhings and lustily balletic combat...Highly recommended."

The Guardian

"Fotini Dimou's ravishing 1950s costumes are better than a catwalk show... Choreographer Liam Steel offers fight sequences where violence, acrobatics and dance become one seamless swirl of bodies... Nicholas Shaw and Laura Donnelly are charming as the lovers”

The Daily Mail

“A delightful Juliet in Laura Donnelly”

Creative team

The cast

  • Nurse – Claire Benedict
  • Lady Montague – Jennifer Bryden
  • Prince – Richard Cotton
  • Gregory – Andy Cryer
  • Juliet – Laura Donnelly
  • Smpson – Matthew Hart
  • Balthasar – Ben Ingles
  • Tybalt – Ben Joiner
  • Lady Capulet – Annette McLaughlin
  • Paris – Neet Mohan
  • Friar John – Harry Myers
  • Friar – Richard O'Callaghan
  • Mercutio – Oscar Pearce
  • Bianca – Annalisa Rossi
  • Romeo – Nicholas Shaw
  • Peter – Dale Superville
  • Abram/Apothecary – Marcello Walton
  • Montague – Max Jones
  • Benvolio – Leon Williams
  • Capulet – Tim Woodward