Romeo & Juliet
28 May - 13 June
In June 2009, in and around the gardens of St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden’s hidden gem, this promenade performance was a joyous summer evening for everyone. Without a tight in sight, this modern Romeo & Juliet was a carnival of noise and colour. Cabaret artists, dancers and drag queens filled the intimate spaces of this beautiful garden. More show pictures can be seen below.
Tamara Gausi for Time Out – Thu Jun 4:
The sun has barely taken his hat off and we’re already on our third outdoor ‘Romeo and Juliet’ of the season. But I doubt you’ll see many others which feature the Nurse in drag, boy-band dance choreography and guest performers from the London cabaret scene.
Directed by Dan Winder of Iris Theatre, this striking, riotous promenade performance takes place in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden and, most memorably for the final scene, inside the chapel. The action, transposed to some vaguely ‘West Side Story’ inspired setting, kicks off with a rather gruesome street fight between the Montagues and Capulets, setting the ‘two households both alike in dignity’ speech in firmly ironic ground.
The production then plunges headfirst into a dizzying procession of scuffles, tussles and nipple tassles (on press night, Misster Blanche DuBois stripped from a nun’s habit to a G-string while miming ‘Like a Virgin’). It’s a wild party of a production. Strong performances (particularly from Christos Lawton as Mercutio and Laura Wickham as Juliet) and a stunning setting make it one well worth going to.
Catherine Mac – 16/6/09
Chris and I went to the last night of Romeo and Juliet and it was a superbly inventive production, making great use of the courtyard, gardens and church. At first it was like rowdy Tudor street scenes with a very young audience bringing in beer and take-aways, but at the end, with Juliet’s bier in the church with candles and incense, you could have heard a pin drop.
Paul McGrane – 15/6/09
Membership Manager – Poetry Society
It was a superb production – possibly the best Shakespeare I’ve ever seen – and what a fabulous setting. I hope you’re planning to put more plays on at St Paul’s in future!ety.org.uk
Philip Swift – 12/6/09
For the first time ever I enjoyed a Shakespeare play from start to finish. Possibly presented as Shakespeare intended: lively and without the posh accents. The final scene in the church almost brought me to tears, slightly embarrassing, I must be getting old. Last week I went to see “All’s well that ends well” in the Olivier but on a scale of 1 to 10 yours was a 10 and their’s a 6.
Thank you for my own certificate, which I returned to the bar- for re-cycling.
Apologies for putting 50p into the guitar player’s bowl; I mistakenly thought he had been brought in from outside as a “warm up” act. (***note**** – though he was part of the cast all the money given was gratefully recieved and spent on beer.)
Were the North Country accents genuine or “put on”. Loved every minute of it.
Val Horton – 12/6/09
New Faces Talent
We obviously get invited to many shows but yesterday’s matinee performance of Romeo & Juliet must go down as an all time favourite and one I shall remember for a long time to come. The casting was superb and everyone put on such a professional performance. Thank you all so very much..newfacestalent.co.uk
Peter Litton – 8/6/09
I just wanted to offer my appreciation for this wonderful production of Romeo & Juliet I saw last Saturday night. I will not see this play again this year because non can come close to this one. This production was played in the spirit in which Shakespeare intended his plays to be performed. As a member of the audience, the proximity of the players gave a wonderful sense of involvement; it was like being an onlooker in Verona. The players were excellent; there were no large egos out to do big Shakespearean drama, just people focused on the characters and the story at hand.
Thanks for providing a wonderful nights entertainment and reminding me, once again, just how good Shakespeare can be.
Robert Pearce – Prince & Nurse
John Mason – Paris
Christos Lawton – Mercutio & Apothecary
Nick Whitely – Montague & Friar John
Sam Donnelly – Romeo
Max Krupski – Benvolio
Lee McCarrick – Balthasar
Ross Stanley – Abraham
Matthew Mellalieu – Capulet & Friar Laurence
Kathryn Martin – Lady Capulet
Laura Wickham – Juliet
Louis McKenna – Tybalt
Jay Carter – Peter & Chorus
Adam Bayjou – Gregory
Artistic Team & Crew
Daniel Winder – Director & Producer
Alexis Forte – Theatre Designer
Benjamin Polya – Lighting Designer
Lisa Lee – Choreographer
Caroline Spinette – Assistant Producer
Max Krupski – Fight Director
Tanya Lewis – Stage Manager
Tim Gill – Lighting Assistant