Following his tour de force, Paradise Lost, Ben Duke’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. They didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.
Well they lived at least. Now 40ish, at least one of them in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love.
“Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy.”……..The Guardian “Squirmingly funny and no less heartbreaking.”…The Times “Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy.”…..The Independent
Taken from David Lane’s review:
“I had the joy of seeing this last night at Déda in Derby. I’m so glad I did, as it’s wonderful!”
“This is really a piece of theatre inter-laced with dance. There’s lots of dialogue, much of which is very funny – the audience was laughing out loud at times. At others times it’s incredibly sad. The beauty of the show is the tenderness and connection between the 2 characters, and the parallels and contrasts with Shakespeare’s star cross’d lovers. You’ll find yourself thinking about your own relationships too. The show definitely respects the original story while embracing some of its silliness – there’s honesty and authenticity in this performance. The choice of music is so apposite. It’s music with baggage, which will trigger memories in the audience, and it underpins the dance beautifully. Juliet & Romeo should appeal to a wide audience spectrum: theatre lovers, Shakespeare buffs, dance enthusiasts, and to anyone who has ever loved!”
“I asked some of the audience for their reactions to Juliet & Romeo last night. Those who helped me were overwhelmingly positive – here are some quotes:”
- “The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen”
- “Equally funny, and beautiful, and moving, and touching – I cried lots at the end”.
- “It’s absolutely blown me way – it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen!”
- “Everyone’s heard of Romeo & Juliet, but this is a great concept – a really,really clever idea delivered beyond my wildest expectations.
- “This is an amazing blend of the very small ups and downs of a domestic relationship, mixed with the history of Romeo & Juliet, and then some beautiful dance which tells a very powerful story”.
- “I definitely want to see this again” (several people said that)
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