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REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet, Theatre Royal Norwich

This is a super of-the-moment version of the Bard’s well known tragedy - all raves and knife

crime. The young cast, joined by pupils from Notre Dame High School and Ormiston Victory

Academy in Norwich, set quite a pace from the get go and it doesn’t let up.

We whizz through the plot, with the characters seemingly out of control of events which, as we

all know, don’t end well.

RSC's Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Topher McGrillis (6891146)
RSC's Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Topher McGrillis (6891146)

This RSC production, directed by its deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, is a fresh look at the

well known tale of star-crossed lovers, being almost a social commentary. It puts women at the

heart of the piece, with some characters now portrayed as women - not just played by women.

Charlotte Josephine is wonderfully hot headed Mercutio and Beth Cordingly is Escalus, Prince

of Verona, giving the audience yet more to consider.

Bally Gill is a gentle, infatuated Romeo while Karen Fishwick is a slightly bossy Juliet and Ishia

Bennison provides the humour as the very perky nurse.

This might not appeal to those who like their Shakespeare ‘straight up’ but I think it will certainly

strike a note with a younger audience.

The play continues until Saturday. Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Sarah Hardy

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