I travelled up to Stratford to see it on the 14th with my A-level theatre studies class. I must say i really enjoyed it, it wasn't perfect but i thought there was plenty of artistic integrity and i would gladly see it again. I have a very short attention span and this thoroughly enthralled me. As a drama student their were moments where i was scrutinising it but i didn't think there were any major faults. I felt the use of Juliet's bed was very intersting and i felt that the acting was superior (especially Benvolio and the nurse). I felt it was quite original yet simple and i DO RECOMEND it. It was a very well done piece. Brava! - James =]
20 Jan 09
I concur with Rosie, very disappointing from beginning to end and wholly lacking in originality. In comparison to other productions we took in during the Complete Works season this was a very mundane piece of theatre with limited artistic merit. The famous lines which one associates with this production were routinely delivered with little vocal impact and were easily missed. Overall our party of four was genuinely disappointed and I hope the RSC learns from their mistakes and raises the bar for future plays. - Clive
16 Jan 09
I'm sorry but they kind of took a stab at doing a dark version of it and it flopped miserably. I thought it was boring from beginning to end, Romeo and Juliet lacked in passion and the chemistry was none existant, the dramatic pauses were so forced it seemed as though they had forgotten their lines. I was shocked that the RSC who have produced such fantastic work in the past and even have David Tennant on their team have produced something that was incredibly uninspiring and frankly like watching a bad GCSE play. This is a set text for A level and GCSE drama and english and the rang of techniques used was minimal and the only ones that were used were repeated over and over again until they became predictable. Mercutios death, blink and you missed it. Unfortunately many will compare this to the Baz Luhrman version or Shakespeare in love, fair enough they are made on a bigger budget however the story (if you are going to contemporise it) is still as gripping as ever. The spark wasnt there between any of them, for example Romeo clinging to Juliet in the tomb was like a child throwing aroung a rag doll and was frankly comical.
Overall i was very disappointed with the RSC, this is the first production i have seen of them and i was very shocked and will not be returning. - Rosie
06 Jan 09
Absolutely great! Couldn't stop talking about it for days! Can't understand how some people didn't like it. - Becky
04 Dec 08
I also saw this at the Lowry on the 15th November, and was very disappointed with a production completely lacking in any emotional truth - despite an obviously talented cast. I brought a group of 35 teenagers - all of whom are currently rehearsing their own production of the play and who had been looking forwards to seeing what the RSC would do with it - who were begging not to have to go back in after the interval! They were utterly bored by the slow, ponderous pace and lack of any connection between characters. Go if you want to see beautiful lighting, a 'concept', and a rather nice scene change into Act 5 sc 3; but if you want to be engaged by truthful characterisation, swept up in the beauty and passion of the play, excited by action and, ultimately, moved by the tragedy of lost young lives - then stay well away! - Jo
19 Nov 08
We caught it at the Lowry on 15th November, and it was OK. However, OK isn't really good enough for the RSC, especially for one of the "money shot" plays.
Juliet was good and her performance was emotionally charged, and Mercutio certainly delivered with timing, wit & attitude, but that was it.
The setting added nothing to the play, which was a shame as they missed a trick here (as did they with the dissapointing Patrick Stewart Tempest - saved by a cracking Aerial), but most importantly they failed to convey the developing of the love between the two main protagonists. Romeo was just not convincing.
If you're going to move the play into a more contemporary setting, then make sure it adds and not detracts from it. We just didn't feel the love (as those to the box to the right of us who left midway through the second half).
To sum up: monotone & monochrome. - Rob
16 Nov 08
it was brilliant i really enjoyed the performance at the king theatre glasgow. - Debs
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