Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.


What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? Shakespeare’s most famous story explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to devastating consequences.

RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman is back at the Barbican following her acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation in 2016. Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick are the star-crossed lovers, with the professional cast joined by young people from RSC Associate Schools in London who will perform as part of the chorus.

Critic reviews

Strong performances

The Guardian

Fresh and engaging

The Stage

The passion and swagger of Bally Gill's infatuated Romeo are emblematic of the overall verve of the production.


The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzingly sharp relief.

Evening Standard

Misfiring millennial take on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy

Time Out


The Arts Desk

Everyone is in a hurry in Erica Whyman’s rough and volatile staging

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 2 Nov - Sat 19 Jan, 1.30pm & 7.15pm


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