30 June - 8 August 2015
by Joe Calarco
Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare
‘An effortlessly triumphant production!’
– Sandy Holt, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald
‘A brilliant play, imaginative, thought provoking, well staged and acted. Almost “The History Boys” meets “Romeo and Juliet.” Highly recommended!’
Fresh from a run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Chapel Lane Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s R&J, an exciting and refreshing new adaptation of the bard’s original love story.
Four talented young actors play boys at a strict and repressive boarding school. During the day they are forced to go through classes in religion, Latin and even the study of women’s roles in society. After classes have finished, one of the boys produces a copy of Romeo and Juliet and they all take it in turns to read passages from it.
As the play progresses the boys become more deeply immersed in the characters and themes of the play and the lines between acting and reality become blurred.