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Shakespeare's Globe's 90-minute Romeo and Juliet cast announced

The show is part of the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank initiative to bring families and young people to Shakespeare

Charlotte Beaumont, Nathan Welsh and Chris Chung
© Centre and right: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

The cast has been announced for Shakespeare's Globe's 90-minute production of Romeo and Juliet, which runs on the main stage ahead of the venue's summer season.

Directed by Michael Oakley and produced in association with Deutsche Bank, the production is designed to introduce students and families to Shakespeare through a fast-paced, truncated version of the original text.

Jeff Alexander will play Lord Montague and Friar Laurence, Charlotte Beaumont will play Juliet, Stuart Bowman will play Lord Capulet, Debbie Chazen will play Lady Montague and Nurse, Christopher Chung will play Abraham, Prince Escalus and Paris, Ned Derrington will play Mercutio, Sampson and Friar John, Hermione Gulliford will play Lady Capulet, Shalisha James-Davis will play Benvolio, Ayoola Smart will play Tybalt and Apothecary and Nathan Welsh will play Romeo.

Romeo and Juliet will run from 28 February to 23 March, while the Globe's full summer season will be announced later this month.

The indoor winter season at the venue's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse runs until 21 April, and includes the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage performing Richard II, a production of Edward II and a new play entitled After Edward.

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