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The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is in in town until Saturday with its production of the tragic love story Romeo and Juliet (Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb 2019).

Its a perfect time of year for North East audiences to get in the mood for love ahead of February 14, with this the most classic of love stories.

Running all this week, the Theatre Royal will see the Royal Shakespeare Company bring this romantic tragedy to life.

Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together.

Will this spark a revolution, or will the division continue to tear through generations?

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and this retelling by the Royal Shakespeare Company is sure to be spellbinding.

The production has received four star reviews with The Telegraph calling it ‘fresh, fleet and blade-sharp’.

Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, the production features Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick in the roles of Romeo and Juliet.

Bally Gill’s previous credits for the RSC include Coriolanus, Salome, Vice Versa, Always Orange and Fall of the Kingdom.  His other credits include The Island Nation(Arcola Theatre), ALocal Boy(The Arts Theatre), Dinner with Saddam(Menier Chocolate Factory), The Bureau of Lost Things(Theatre 503) and NW(BBC/Mammoth Screen).

Karen Fishwick makes her RSC debut and most recently appeared at Newcastle Theatre Royal in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/Live Theatre). Her other credits include Glasgow Girls (NTS/Citizens), Hansel and Gretel (Citizens Theatre), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Badults (BBC Three), James Kirk’s Comedy Blaps, The Illuminati (The Comedy Unit) and Tides and Telegrams (for The Winter Tradition).

The production also features eight youngsters from the region who will perform in the Chorus as two teams of four performers: 13 year olds Sarah Caitness, Magan Hall Murray, Maggie Sheppard and Mia Clake, 15 year olds Lucia Bowers and Mariana Boada, Sarah Orton who is 16 years old and Adele Irimiea, 17 – all attend Sacred Heart High School in Fenham, Newcastle and will take to the stage and work with the professional company during the week long run in the region. 

Romeo and Juliet is directed by Erica Whyman and designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour. Music is by Sophie Cotton and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.

RSC’s Romeo and Juliet plays Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb 2019. Tickets are from £14.50 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge)or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk

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