Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

ABOUT Romeo & Juliet

Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre.

Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Freddie Fox star in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of Shakespeareʼs heartbreaking tale of forbidden love..Romeo and Juliet.

One of Shakespeare’s most famous and often performed plays, Romeo and Juliet is the story of young love and the devastating tragedy that unfolds when tenderness and naivety is met with violence and pride.

Romeo and Juliet runs from 12 May 2016 until 13 August 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.


The full cast includes Marisa Berenson (Lady Capulet), Jack Colgrave Hirst (Benvolio), Tom Hanson (Paris), Matthew Hawksley (Anthony), Derek Jacobi (Mercutio), Lily James (Juliet), Taylor James (Prince), Ansu Kabia (Tybalt), Richard Madden (Romeo), Racheal Ofori (Potpan), Nikki Patel (Balthasar), Chris Porter (Lord Montague), Zoë Rainey (Lady Montague), Michael Rouse (Lord Capulet), Meera Syal (The Nurse), Sam Valentine (Friar Laurence) and Kathryn Wilder (Peta/Apothecary).

Richard Madden’s theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Noughts and Crosses (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Be Near Me (Donmar Warehouse). Film and television credits include Cinderella and Game of Thrones.

Lily James’ theatre credits include Desdemona in Othello (Sheffield Crucible), The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse), Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and Martin Crimp’s Play House and Definitely the Bahamas (both Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond).  Film and television credits include Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, War and Piece and Downton Abbey.

Derek Jacobi’s many theatre credits include Heartbreak House, King Lear, Twelfth Night (Olivier Award; Best Actor), The Tempest, Macbeth, Richard III and Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing (Olivier Award; Best Actor), Cyrano De Bergerac (London Critics Circle Theatre Award; Best Actor) and Hamlet (also directed). Derek’s film credits include Cinderella, Grace of Monaco, The King’s Speech, Gosford Park, Gladiator, Hamlet and Othello. His television credits include Last Tango in Halifax, Doctor Who, Miss Marple, Frasier, The Secret Garden, Cyrano De Bergerac, Hamlet; Prince of Denmark, King Richard The Second and The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.


Kenneth Branagh is to direct with set and costume by Christopher Oram, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Christopher Shutt.


★★★★★ “In the luminous Lily James Kenneth Branagh has found the perfect Juliet” Daily Mail
★★★★ “A production pulsating with energy” The Guardian
“Bustling, energetic and exuberant” Time Out
“Sir Derek Jacobi is an absolute master” The Times


Richard Madden has withdrawn from the production due to injury.  For the remainder of the run, the role of Romeo will be played by Freddie Fox.