A superb new National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - in a version for young audiences - will have its world premiere at the Waterside Theatre later this month as part of Derry’s 2013 celebrations.
A modern city. A deadly feud. And a pair of star-crossed lovers. Set against a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time.
This is a swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s much loved drama - by Ben Power and directed by Bijan Sheibani - which brings Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation.
Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre, says: “We are delighted to be working with the City of Culture 2013 in Derry-Londonderry. It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring our new production of Romeo and Juliet and a related education programme to young audiences in Northern Ireland.
“This offers young people the chance to discover the excitement of theatre-making.”
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company, adds; “This new production of Romeo and Juliet from the National Theatre epitomises the spirit of the UK City of Culture project.
“To have a world-renowned cultural producer such as the National Theatre engaging directly with the young people of Derry-Londonderry combines two of our key aims - bringing world-class talent to the city and giving young people from the city a chance to work with them.”
The cast features Esh Alladi, Ashley Chin, Natalie Dew, Tendayi Jembere, Lashana Lynch, Bunmi Mojekwu, Umar Pasha and Archana Ramaswamy.
After visiting the Waterside Theatre, Romeo and Juliet will tour London schools in the summer term, before coming to the National Theatre in July.
Romeo and Juliet arrives at Waterside Theatre from May 29 – 31. The production is suitable for families with children ages 8 years and over.
Contact the Waterside Theatre Box Office on: 71 314000.