Shakespeare's R&J heads to Gauteng

BUZ Publicity
09/08/2011 12:51:37

After its acclaimed première at this year’s National Arts Festival and a successful run at the newly launched Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town, Joe Calarco’s award-winning Shakespeare’s R&J makes its way to Pretoria and Johannesburg this September.

Directed and designed by Fred Abrahamse, this innovative adaptation of Romeo and Juliet stars Marcel Meyer as Romeo, James MacGregor as Juliet, Rory Acton Burnell as Mercutio/Friar Laurence/Lady Capulet and Alistair Moulton Black as Tybalt/Nurse.

Set in a Catholic boarding school, the play centres on four pupils who discover an illicit copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and start acting it out. Perceptions and understandings are turned upside down. As the fun of play-acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home, universal truths emerge.

Told entirely through Shakespeare’s language, Shakespeare’s R&J is both the story of Romeo and Juliet and the journey of four young men who, during the course of one thrilling night, discover the power of theatre and the new worlds it can open up.

Shakespeare’s R&J holds the distinction of being the longest running version of Romeo & Juliet in New York, having run for over a year. It has also been staged with great success across the UK, the USA, Australia, Europe and Japan. This production of R&J has been invited along with Abrahamse and Meyer’s other acclaimed Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Richard III, to perform at the 8th International Shakespeare Festival in Europe next year.

Shakespeare’s R&J plays at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria on Sunday 11 September at 15:00. From 13 September - 16 September R&J will be presented as part of the Gauteng Schools Festival at Wits and from 21 – 30 September Gauteng theatre lovers have only 8 performances to see Shakespeare’s R&J in the Wits Main Theatre at this year’s WITS 969 Festival.

Booking for the Brooklyn Theatre performance can be made through Computicket and bookings for the Johannesburg performances can be made at or at the Wits Theatre Box Office.

What the Press have said:

“Brilliant…electrifying…excellent…heart-stopping…one of the most engrossing love stories ever to grace a South African stage…The cast of four deliver Shakespeare’s lines rivetingly and flawlessly… utterly captivating” – CUE

“very powerful…flawless delivery of Shakespeare’s lines” – THE STAR

“innovative…outstanding…exceptionally talented team…Shakespeare’s tale is magnificently brought to life by a cast that is an absolute joy to watch.” – CAPE TIMES

“outstanding…magical…gives new nuance to an established text…it is about the expression of one’s purest passions against all odds. Like Shakespeare, that quest is timeless.” – SUNDAY TIMES

“impeccably modulated, beautifully designed and passionate production…the most palatable Romeo and Juliet I have ever seen” – THE NEXT 48 HOURS

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Related Events:
Gauteng Schools Festival
Dates: Thursday, 8th September 2016 - Friday, 9th September 2016
Wits 969 Festival
Dates: Thursday, 19th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018
Related Venues:
Wits Theatre Complex, Braamfontein Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa
Brooklyn Theatre, c/o 13th and Thomas Edison Street Brooklyn Pretoria Gauteng South Africa