Juliet and Romeo’s Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage will be broadly based on Shakespeare’s deeply pessimistic teenage love story. The work will explore whether our culture’s celebration of youth creates unrealistic expectations around love, sex & relationships.
All we know so far is that we’re too old to play 15 year olds so we will be making some minor plot adjustments so that Juliet and Romeo can somehow survive into middle age. It will be a humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.
Ben Duke’s take is no straightforward adaptation. He scrubs things out, scribbles in the margins, blurs art and life until the two are almost indistinguishable…it’s all the more stunning for it.” – Exeunt (on Paradise Lost –lies unopened besides me)
Praise for Lost Dog’s previous works:
★★★★★A virtuoso tour de force –The Stage
★★★★★ Achieves great things -The Observer
★★★★★ A heavenly new take on Milton -Evening Standard
★★★★★ Brilliant dance theatre -The List
★★★★★ The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human -The Independent
Juliet and Romeo’s Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage will open with a three week London run split between Battersea Arts Centre and The Place to coincide with Valentine’s Day 2018.
The work is then available for touring from spring 2018 onwards.
The show is being designed to have the same high production values as Paradise Lost, and still be extremely flexible in scale; so that it can be toured widely: from national and international mid-large scale theaters, right down to 40 people village halls.
We are currently penciling in bookings from the 1st May- 30th June
and then from 1st October to the 30th November 2018.
You are warmly invited to join us for a studio sharing of a short section of the new work- just a few weeks into the early creation of the show. The sharing will take place on the 25th & 26th July at Ovalhouse, London as part of their “First Bites” program.
Juliet and Romeo Live is Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre; the work is supported by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts. Ben Duke is a Work Place Artist.
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