Romeo and Juliet (2021)

17 June – 24 July

by William Shakespeare

Kimberley Sykes directed Shakespeare's timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love. The production was the first to return to the Open Air Theatre stage from the postponed 2020 season. This production was supported by Arts Council England and DCMS through the Culture Recovery Fund.

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WhatsOnStage

Kimberley Sykes’s SIZZLING new production…a version that gets to the bruised heart of Shakespeare’s text with a refreshing urgency and vitality. THRILLING

Time Out

BREATHLESS and JOYFUL…this irresistibly giddy Romeo & Juliet surges with young lust

Daily Telegraph

Joel MacCormack and Isabel Adomakoh Young play our modern star-crossed lovers, big-booted and with bags of attitude. And take a bow Cavan Clarke, compellingly freewheeling as Mercutio.

The Stage

Performed with youthful energy, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre aims straight at the heart. The vision is an arresting one and it’s a huge pleasure to see an ensemble, particularly one with a commitment to gender balance, at work again.

Daily Mail

An exceptional young talent has arrived in the shape of Isabel Adomakoh Young as Juliet. She has the spellbinding ability to switch between conflicting thoughts and maintain a strong sense of purpose and passion in her character. A Juliet to remember.

The Times

Joel MacCormack’s Romeo delivers the verse with graceful authority, while Aretha Ayeh’s Benvolia wins our sympathy as she tries to calm the factions.

TheatreVibe

The Capulets’ masked ball is a socially distanced, visual masterpiece. Bravo to the Open Air for bringing theatre back with elegant and meaningful style.

Afridiziak

AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER - definitely something you should see. The blind casting helps push the Shakespearean classic into to a new era. There is something significant in seeing yourself and your friends represented on stage.

The Guardian

Cavan Clarke’s Mercutio steals the spotlight in an entertaining production that foregrounds past trauma.

The Upcoming

Accessible, fast-paced and A MASTERPIECE in its own rite.

WhatsOnStage

The ferocity of the pace, plus the clarity of the storytelling, pleasingly inventive touches and unexpected gender-flipping of some principal characters, means this feels bracingly modern

Daily Mail

Both Peter Hamilton Dyer as the Friar and Emma Cunniffe as the Nurse demonstrate how to make the Bard sing with simple, direct performances.

IndyArts

YOU'RE IN FOR A TREAT…expect rave music, sword fights and Doc Martens.

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