Shakespeare's R & J

Visiting Company: A Chapel Lane Theatre Company Production

Visiting Company: A Chapel Lane Theatre Company Production

Shakespeare’s R & J

Written & Adapted by Joe Calarco

Presented by Chapel Lane Theatre Company

Four young prep school students, tired of going through the usual drill of conjugating Latin and other tedious school routines, decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, one breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juiliet and they all take turns reading the play aloud. The Bard’s words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings. The rigidity of their lives begins to parallel the lives of the characters in the play: roles in the family, roles in society and the roles played by men and women soon seem to make all the sense in the world, and then, suddenly, they seem to make no sense at all. Although they had been taking turns playing all the parts, two eventually emerge playing Romeo and Juliet exclusively, bringing a whole new dimension to the proceedings. Perceptions and understanding are turned upside down as the fun of play acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge.   

Cast includes: James Burman, George Ellingham, Richard Hall, Callum Ashton                 
Directed by Christopher Harvey

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Performance Dates
27 October - 1 November 2014
Evenings 7.30pm - approx 10pm
Matinees 2.30pm

Running time
2hrs inc 20mins interval

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