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REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet, St Nicholas' Chapel




A tale of love, conflict and tragedy was played out in King's Lynn's St Nicholas’ Chapel yesterday evening (Friday, June 7).

Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, was immaculately performed by a This is my Theatre cast.

Harry Boaz as Romeo and Hazel Caulfield as Juliet vividly bring to life a relationship which is precarious amidst the backdrop of conflict between the Montagues and Capulets, which ultimately tears their love apart.

Hazel Caulfield as Juliet, Pictures submitted
Hazel Caulfield as Juliet, Pictures submitted

When Romeo’s trusty companion Mercutio, excellently played by George Turner, is killed by Tybalt (Matt Tweddle), the protagonist takes his revenge.

Having killed Tybalt, Romeo fleas from Juliet, which escalates into tragic consequences and a poignant ending which exposes the fragilities of humans.

The feast where Romeo and Juliet fall in love
The feast where Romeo and Juliet fall in love

Ethan Taylor as Nurse and Simon Stallard as Friar Lawrence make up the rest of a cast who cannot be faulted for their efforts, every line recited with gusto and emotion during the engrossing play.

Music accompanies the proceedings throughout, echoing around the chapel setting to great effect.

From Matt Tweddle’s opening guitar solo to kickstart proceedings, to Simon Stallard’s flute skills, the music complemented the high standard of acting very nicely.

Matt Tweddle, pictured front, played Tybalt and Paris
Matt Tweddle, pictured front, played Tybalt and Paris

Hearing one member of the audience in the pews say that he was "impressed" at the end of the play is a sentiment which will have been shared by the majority of those in attendance as they left the historic chapel.

It is another superb performance from This is my Theatre, following Macbeth at the same location last month.

George Turner as Mercutio and Harry Boaz as Romeo
George Turner as Mercutio and Harry Boaz as Romeo

The Sussex-based company tour all over the country, performing in a range of unconventional spaces as well as purpose built theatres.

Ethan Taylor as Nurse
Ethan Taylor as Nurse
Simon Stallard as Friar Lawrence
Simon Stallard as Friar Lawrence

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