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Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet tickets at the Garrick Theatre, London

Garrick Theatre, London
Booking to 13 August 2016
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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

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 13 August 2016

Important Notes

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.

Venue Information

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line), Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30

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Freddie Fox parachuted into Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet.
Freddie Fox is to join the West End cast of Romeo and Juliet after both Richard Madden and his understudy injured their legs. Fox joins the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production at the Garrick Theatre from 26 July 2016, following a period of “intensive rehearsals” with star Lily James and the cast. He will share the role of Romeo to enable Madden's injury to recover. Fox recently played the role in a Sheffield Crucible Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. It was announced last month he had won third prize in the awards. Since Madden's injury happened, the part of Romeo has been played by Tom Hanson, who played Paris in the show as well as understudying Romeo. “In an unfortunate set of circumstances, Tom has also injured his leg and is unable to perform, which has prompted producers to bring Freddie Fox into the company,” a statement said. Branagh said: “Sometimes things do not go according to plan in the theatre. Who would have predicted that both Richard and Tom would sustain such unexpected injuries during the same run of this play? Our job is to help make sure that they both make the best recovery possible, whilst working as hard as we can to provide a great show for audiences, which is why I could not be more thrilled to welcome Freddie Fox into the company.” Madden said he would be “returning soon”, and described not being able to perform as “hugely frustrating”. Producers said they would not be able to “give advance casting information” about who will play Romeo at each performance, because it was taking “daily medical advice” with regards to Madden. Romeo and Juliet runs until 13 August 2016 at the Garrick Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Romeo and Juliet
Video: Roger Allam as King Lear: ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks’
Roger Allam marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - playing King Lear in Shakespeare's tragedy. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The Guardian has asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Roger Allam plays King Lear in act III, scene 2 of the tragedy. Lear is on the heath during a symbolic storm. The ageing king curses the weather and his daughters, and laments his frailty. Read the full text for this speech Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks! You sulph'rous and thought-executing fires, Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o' th' world, Crack Nature's moulds, all germains spill at once, That makes ingrateful man! Fool. O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is better than this rain water out o' door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters blessing! Here's a night pities nether wise men nor fools. Lear. Rumble thy bellyful! Spit, fire! spout, rain! Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire are my daughters. I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness. I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children, You owe me no subscription. Then let fall Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand your slave, A poor, infirm, weak, and despis'd old man. But yet I call you servile ministers, That will with two pernicious daughters join Your high-engender'd battles 'gainst a head So old and white as this! O! O! 'tis foul! BOOKING Book tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company
Video: Ayesha Dharker as Shakespeare’s Titania: ‘The forgeries of jealousy’
Ayesha Dharker marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - playing Titania, the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The Guardian has asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Ayesha Dharker plays Titania, the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania has quarrelled with Oberon, king of the fairies. As the pair have control over the weather, their argument leads to a vision of nature’s chaos. Read the full text for this speech These are the forgeries of jealousy: And never, since the middle summer's spring, Met we on hill, in dale, forest or mead, By paved fountain or by rushy brook, Or in the beached margent of the sea, To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind, But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport. Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain, As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea Contagious fogs; which falling in the land Have every pelting river made so proud 460 That they have overborne their continents: The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain, The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn Hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard; The fold stands empty in the drowned field, And crows are fatted with the murrion flock; The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud, And the quaint mazes in the wanton green For lack of tread are undistinguishable: The human mortals want their winter here; No night is now with hymn or carol blest: Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, Pale in her anger, washes all the air, That rheumatic diseases do abound: And thorough this distemperature we see The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose, And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer, The childing autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world, By their increase, now knows not which is which: And this same progeny of evils comes From our debate, from our dissension; We are their parents and original. BOOKING Book tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company
Video: Joanna Vanderham as Juliet: ‘The mask of night is on my face’
Joanna Vanderham marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death - speaking Juliet’s monologue from the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, The Guardian has asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Joanna Vanderham speaks Juliet’s monologue from the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. She and Romeo have declared their love for each other, despite their families’ feud, and Juliet insists that her devotion is true. Read the full text for this speech Thou know'st the mask of night is on my face, Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny What I have spoke: but farewell compliment! Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say 'Ay,' And I will take thy word: yet if thou swear'st, Thou mayst prove false; at lovers' perjuries Then say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully: Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won, I'll frown and be perverse an say thee nay, So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world. In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond, And therefore thou mayst think my 'havior light: But trust me, gentleman, I'll prove more true Than those that have more cunning to be strange. I should have been more strange, I must confess, But that thou overheard'st, ere I was ware, My true love's passion: therefore pardon me, And not impute this yielding to light love, Which the dark night hath so discovered. BOOKING Book tickets to Romeo and Juliet in the West End.
Derek Jacobi signs on to Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet
Derek Jacobi is to play Mercutio in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick theatre [caption id="attachment_37107" align="alignright" width="240"] Derek Jacobi[/caption] Kenneth Branagh has persuaded Sir Derek Jacobi to play Mercutio in his forthcoming production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick theatre. At the age of 76 it is a role Jacobi didn't expect to be playing at this stage of his life, however he and Branagh note that there is no mention of Mercutio's age. Jacobi said he wasn't fazed by the age difference between him and fellow actors Richard Madden (28) and Lily James (26) who will play Romeo and Juliet as he has a young mind. He said "'In my head, I'm still a teenager. I haven't acquired the wisdom of old age at all!"  Jacobi, an authority on Shakespeare, said Mercutio felt that way, too. 'The language is very evocative and extraordinarily bouncy and gives off a kind of youthful sense, but that's his mind.' He said there's a hint in the text of Mercutio being something of a father figure to Romeo and his friends, and there's justification in the play 'of their acceptance of his company, and his delight in being in the company of those relative kids'. Kenneth Branagh said: “Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. It’s an honour to welcome this wonderful artist to our season of Plays at the Garrick.” Given the drip casting, I wonder who will be playing Nurse...... might Dame Judi Dench be tempted? Romeo and Juliet plays a strictly limited season from 12 May 2016 until 13 August 2016 at the Garrick theatre. BOOK Book tickets to Romeo and Juliet The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the inaugural season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. The Company presents Plays at the Garrick, a series of plays that bring together an exciting group of actors led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden.

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