From historic feud to ill-fated union, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet speaks of chance, destiny and fortune, and after some of the most fractious years in recent history, this universal tale finds new significance in 2021.
Romeo and Juliet fall in love. Romeo and Juliet die. It’s not a spoiler. It’s written in the stars. Final. Finite. But what if it isn’t?
Director Ola Ince (Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse) makes her Globe debut directing Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy with Alfred Enoch (Red, West End) and Rebekah Murrell (Scenes with girls, Royal Court) as the ‘star-crossed lovers’.
My only love sprung from my only hate,
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love is it to me
That I must love a loathed enemy.
– Act I, scene 5
Relevant in its interpretation, the production stumbles in its execution
Another bombastic take on Shakespeare's greatest tragedy
Unsatisfactory mix of clumsy and edgy
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Skilful performances spoilt by PC preaching
Energetic, near-Brechtian version of Shakespeare’s tragic love story that foregrounds issues of mental health
Star-cross’d lovers? No, Romeo and Juliet were just ‘depressed’ teenagers
Plays against the natural poetry
Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell give us a proper love story at the Globe
A bold rewiring with no room for romance