romeo and juliet, RSC Barbican, London

Romeo and Juliet – RSC at the Barbican

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The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Barbican with a contemporary London Season of three of Shakespeare’s most loved plays: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion in this contemporary production with heartbreaking consequences.

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

Romeo and Juliet is booking from 2 November 2018 until 19 January 2019 at the Barbican Theatre, London.


What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?

Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution or will division continue to tear through generations?


Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick are the star-crossed lovers, with the professional cast joined by young people from RSC Associate Schools in London who will perform as part of the chorus.


Directed by Erica Whyman with set and costume design by Tom Piper, lighting design by Charles Balfour, music by Sophie Cotton, sound design by Jeremy Dunn, movement by Ayse Tashkiran and direction by Kate Waters.


★★★★ ‘The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzingly sharp relief’ EVENING STANDARD
★★★★ ‘A fresh, fleet, blade-sharp revival’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
★★★★ ‘Fresh and engaging’ THE STAGE
★★★★ ‘A cracking pace…a bustling show’ THE TIMES

Theatre Information

Barbican Theatre
Address: One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2SD
Nearest Underground: Barbican (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: (Beech Street) 76, 153; (City Road) 21, 43, 141, 205, 214, 271

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