This March, Shakespeare’s classic love story, Romeo and Juliet, is set to be re-imagined for 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. The famous romantic tragedy is transported from ancient Verona to a modern-day Northern housing estate in a bold retelling, which captures the impact of raging inter-generational conflict and social unrest.
“Our Romeo and Juliet is a love story for 2017,” explains Artistic Director James Brining. “Set in a pulsating, multi-cultural city where two communities live side-by-side, divided by hatred. Our productions are created in close partnership with our community work. Alongside the professional cast of the show, we’ve recruited a large community chorus from the theatre’s programme of activities for young people, including First Floor and Youth Theatre.”
Director of Romeo and Juliet, Amy Leach adds: “Twenty years ago this play staggered me with its astonishing sense of passion and fury. I now want to create a production that’s rooted in Leeds and inspired by the people and places I’ve known both as a young person here and a professional director.”
Romeo and Juliet is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Friday 3rd March to Saturday 25th March 2017. Book online at wyp.org.uk or call Box Office on 0113 213 77 00.