Connor Delves and Tommy Sim’aan will star in the UK premiere of Starcrossed, which opens at Wilton’s Music Hall in June.
A fresh and sexy twist on one of the world’s most famous love stories, Starcrossed reveals the intrigue and passion of a forbidden romance between ‘Romeo & Juliet’ characters Mercutio and Tybalt – forged in strife, stifled by circumstance and silenced by history.
Connor Delves will play Mercutio, having originated the role in New York and Washington D.C. with Tommy Sim’aan playing Tybalt. The cast is completed by Gethin Alderman (The Player) and Ed Tunningley as understudy.
Rachel Garnet’s tender, witty and heart-wrenching play reimagines Shakespeare’s verse for the modern age, giving unfairly sidelined characters new life. The play premiered to critical acclaim at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2019.
Rachel Garnet said: “To me, there is nothing more interesting, captivating or fulfilling to write about than love. And so, in adapting the most famous love story of all time, I had no ill-conceived notions that I could surpass what Shakespeare had created but instead I simply wished to explore the same excitement and risk of love he shared with us 400 years ago.” She continued “Tybalt and Mercutio are two of the most engaging and memorable characters in the English language and I hope that British audiences will fall in love with them all over again, just as I did while writing the show.”
Director Philip Wilson said: “When I first read Starcrossed, I was struck by how Rachel Garnet had taken an oh-so-familiar story and retold it in such a witty, imaginative and passionate way. The burgeoning love affair between Mercutio and Tybalt is so touching; and so tense to watch as we wonder if, in this parallel world, they will escape the fate that Shakespeare determined for them. Above all, it is a story of two young people struggling to explore their unexpected love, in a world riven by hate. I’m so excited to be introducing this play to British audiences – and Wilton’s Music Hall is the perfect venue in which to stage this story, steeped as it is with history, humour and song.”
Joining Wilson in the creative team are Set & Costume Designer Ruari Murchison, Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi, Music & Sound Director Harry Blake, Fight Director Haruka Kuroda and Casting Director Harry Blumena.
Starcrossed runs from 1 June 2022 until 25 June 2022 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Tickets for Starcrossed are on sale.