review: romeo and juliet at york theatre royal | Live & Love York | Creative Lifestyle Magazine

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review: romeo and juliet at york theatre royal

Posted on September 21, 2010 by livelove Picture 24

Currently showing at York Theatre Royal until the 25th of September.

It is always refreshing to see an adaptation of Shakespeare???s classic that does something new. That is exactly what the Pilot Theatre???s latest offering does.

The first thing that strikes you is Chloe Lamford???s beautiful set design. A flower-laden stage against a black frame with clever use of lighting all play backdrop to this exciting new version.

This very modern interpretation sees a rather mopey, typically teenage Juliet (portrayed by newcomer Rachel Spicer) making her impulsive slightly petulant demands on a sharp, hormonally charged Romeo (Oliver Wilson).

This is a brave adaptation, offering a twist on well-known characters to the Baz Luhrmann generation.

The interpretation has stuck very cleverly to the original text. Rather than refer to past interpretations they have acted purely under ???sola scriptura??? and demonstrated how surprisingly modern the text is. With clever body language and deliverance the cast have given the text a raw and open interpretation.

I would recommend anybody to go and check this out. It???s the ever-fresh Pilot Theatre???s first stab at Shakespeare, and in my opinion they have done the classic play justice.

See it here first before it embarks on a four-month tour of the UK.

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