What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?
Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences.
RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman is back at the Barbican following her acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (2016) with Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick as the star crossed lovers in this violent and devastating tragedy.
★★★★ ‘Fresh, fleet, blade-sharp’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Youthful and energetic take on Shakespeare’s tragedy’ WhastOnStage
★★★★ ‘The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzlingly sharp relief’ Evening Standard
An interesting production with strong contemporary focus on knife carrying and knife fighting. Some gender blind casting neither enhanced nor detracted from the production. It was great to hear so many diverse regional accents amongst the cast.The play was well paced.The quality of acting was variable, some very strong and convincing performances and one or two which were slightly underwhelming.
Took my less than enthusiastic 15 year old son (studying R&J for GCSE), from the moment the performance started he was enthralled by it... when asked at the end if he enjoyed it, he said “actually it was really good”. High praise indeed! On the way home, he was quoting large parts of it that had now come to life after seeing the wonderful actors performing in such a modern way. Thank you.
Was very good,everyone did a wonderful job
This was a brilliant modernised adaptation & very enjoyable. Venue so comfortable & was particularly impressed as I’d purchased what I thought to be last tickets & could only get the gallery, only to find on arrival they’d updated us to the stalls as there were spaces. Brilliant, thank you Barbican. We’ll be back.
It was very difficult to hear the dialogue from someone the actors even though we had good seats in the stalls. The speed of delivery of some parts of the play made it difficult to really appreciate some of Shakespeare's poetry. Just a bit disappointing.
The production was a triumph blending youthful enthusiaml with experience. This generous display of experience allowed the potential of the young cast to flourish.
All round excellent production, well acted and staged...but according to the spotty ginger kid sitting next to me “that Paris is a right Melt!”
Came home from the theatre and up till after midnight debating knife crime, sexuality, class and racism with my two teenage boys after seeing this edgy production of Romeo and Juliet. Thoroughly enjoyed the show, the nurse and the two lovers bringing the only warmth and love into a very bleak world, set off beautifully by a minimialist set.
Semi-integrated BSL performance - BSL Interpreter: Clare Edwards (28th November 2018)
Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted) - Free to same-day ticket holders (28th November 2018)
Audio-described and captioned performance - Described by Julia Grundy & Carolyn Smith and captioned by Roz Chalmers (15th December 2018 at 1:30PM)
Barbican - Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
No refunds are available after purchase.
2 hours and 43 minutes, including an interval
Good To Know
The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.
How Does It Work
You will receive a booking confirmation email.
Please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.
Director: Erica Whyman
Designer: Tom Piper
Lighting: Charles Balfour
Music: Sophie Cotton
Sound: Jeremy Dunn
Movement: Ayse Tashkiran
Fights: Kate Waters
When Can I Go
2nd November 2018 - 19th January 2019
Where Do I Go
Barbican Centre - Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Nearby public transport
We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate. The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street
Car and bicycle parking
We have free bicycle spaces and paid car parking spaces available