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Romeo and Juliet


William Shakespeare

Directed by Sonia Dykstra

27th June - 1st July, 2007

Open-Air Shakespeare on the lawns of Gawsworth.

The Montagues are recognised by Juliet's cousin Tybalt and are forced to leave the party just as Romeo and Juliet have each discovered the others identity. Romeo lingers near the Capulet's house and talks with Juliet when she appears on her balcony. With the help of Juliet's Nurse, the lovers arrange to meet next day at the cell of Friar Lawrence when Juliet goes for confession, and there they are married.

Tybalt picks a quarrel with Mercutio and his friends and Mercutio is accidentally killed as Romeo intervenes to try to break up the fight. In anger Romeo pursues Tybalt, kills him and is banished by the Prince for the deed. Juliet is anxious that Romeo is late meeting her and learns of the fighting from her Nurse. With Friar Lawrence's help it is arranged that Romeo will spend the night with Juliet before taking refuge at Mantua. To calm the family's sorrow at Tybalt's death the day for the marriage of Juliet to Paris is brought forward.

Capulet and his wife are angry that Juliet does not wish to be Paris's bride, not knowing of her secret contract with Romeo. Friar Lawrence helps Juliet by providing a sleeping draught, and when the wedding party arrives to greet Juliet the next day they believe she is dead. The Friar sends a colleague to warn Romeo to come to the Capulet's family monument to rescue his sleeping wife.

The message miscarries and Romeo, hearing instead that Juliet is dead, buys poison in Mantua. He returns to Verona and goes to the tomb where he surprises and kills the mourning Paris. Romeo takes his poison and dies just as Juliet awakes from her drugged sleep. She learns what has happened from Friar Lawrence but she refuses to leave the tomb and stabs herself as the Friar returns with the Prince, the Capulets and Romeo’s lately widowed father. The deaths of their children lead the families to make peace, promising to erect a monument in their memory.

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's earliest tragedies and was probably written in 1594 or 1595. It was often played publicly before it was printed in 1597.

Prince Escalus, of Verona Mark Jephcott
Mercutio, Kinsman of the Prince and friend of Romeo Ed Livesley
Count Paris, Kinsman of the Prince and suitor of Juliet Alex Bingle
Page to Count Paris Dave Hodgson
Lord Montague, Head of a Veronese family Martin Pritchard
Lady Montague Jill Damen
Romeo, son of Montague Simon Ginty
Benvolio, friend to Romeo and Mercutio Phil Duncan
Balthasar, servant to Montague Louis Davis
Lord Capulet, Head of a Veronese family Geoff Bird
Lady Capulet Marina Anderson
Juliet, daughter of Capulet Hannah Atkinson
Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet Ric Hazlewood
Nurse, Juliet's foster mother Adele Taylor
Countess Capulet Sheila Hine
Peter, a servant of Capulet Richard Frost
Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan Steve Williamson
Friar John, a Franciscan Arwel Pritchard
An Apothecary of Mantua Peter de la Wyche
First Watchman Chris Simmons
Second Watchman Ed Livesley
Third Watchman Phil Duncan
Jennifer Atherton, Helen Bingle, Shan Bristow, Alexandra Howarth, June Janes, Elise Johnson, Daphne Martin, Patti Wheeler
David Hodgson, Arwel Pritchard, Chris Simmons
Choreography Alexandra Howarth
Stage Manager Jan Atkinson
Dave Atkinson, Celia Bonner, Anne Cichocki, Colette Fitton, Helen Fitton, Simon Janes, Mary Pritchard
Wardrobe Carole Holmes
and The Green Room Wardrobe Team
Properties Diana Boswell
Sound Robin Watkinson
Lighting Robin Watkinson
Prompt Christina Howarth
Fight Director Renny Krupinski
Rehearsal Photography Chris Hills
The Green Room is particularly proud of the many new young members who have come forward for this production of Romeo and Juliet following publicity in the press, all keen to be involved