A remarkable production which allows you to revel in the text in a way that it is ofetn not possible with over elaborate productions. Utterly truthful, refreshing and thrilling. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
12 Oct 03
Why is this show so hyperactive? Does high energy always equal artistic excellence, as they seem to suppose? I saw it last night and found it devoid of elegance and beauty, with a theatrical language that was jerky, restless and relentless.
Like David Blaine's stunt, I got the feeling we're expected to admire them for what they do (in this case running around a lot) rather than appreciate the artistic validity of the experience.
This was a vacuous take on a world masterpiece. Give me Propeller every time.
Job - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
03 Oct 03
I won tickets for this and went into the theatre with a fair amount of scepticism as to what I was going to see. Modern reworkings of classic plays are often a sure recipe for disaster in my book - flashback to being forced to see modern revivals of Shakespeare plays on school trips. But I really enjoyed this play. It challenges you to think and see the play in a new context and ,surprisingly, it really works. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
29 Sep 03
I missed this off-Broadway and was very excited to catch it in London. I wasn't disappointed. After countless traditional productions, the unusual set-up here ("Dead Poet's Society" meets Shakespeare) reawakens one's interest and excitement in this classic tragedy. The young, energetic cast is absolutely marvelous. One unfortunate observation: It's the 21st century. Do two boys kissing on stage really deserve gasps and groans? - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
25 Sep 03
As one of the more sober reviewers remarked, it would be a find in a fringe festival, as it was in Bath, but it's not West End class. The framing device, frankly, is preposterous, tho' it does allow a fresh vital if very gutted performance of the play. The actors are good and its OK in its way, particularly if you're new to Shakespeare and this play, but really to rave about this in the way some have, well, they should hang their heads.
- USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
21 Sep 03
Although there is much to enjoy (the committed performances and the staging in particular) this does not live up to its hype. The idea of schoolboys discovering and playing out Romeo & Juliet is original but by the end it's irritating. I'm not sure why everyone is raving about the lighting - it serves the play well, but it's hardly ground-breaking. If you came accross this production at the Edinburgh fringe, you'd be pleased with yourself - but heading into London's West End lured by all the pre-publicity and hype, you wonder 'what's all the fuss about?' - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
17 Sep 03
Sorry but WHY?
No real drama, lots of running around as school boys but no feeling as to why present R&J in this way?
The text gains nothing.
Looked fab, lighting outstanding but sorry this is very much art and hype over matter. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
10 Sep 03
Really accessible! I never liked Shakespeare so much! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
08 Sep 03
a little bit confusing at times, but what's theatre if it doesn't make you think a bit. well concieved and performed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
08 Sep 03
brilliant and insightful piece of work. Returns the story to its roots, and adds an element of passion and danger rarely seen in productions of "Romeo and Juliet." I saw a matinee, in which the understudy for Juliet was performing and he was particularly good. His chemistry with Romeo was quite astounding. So don't be afraid to see the matinees as well. I highly recommend it. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
08 Sep 03
Dreadful pretentios, thinks its clever. terrible. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
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