Photo Zoe Manders

Juliet & Romeo

Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.

Well they lived at least.

Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.

With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.

Juliet and Romeo opened with a three week London run split between Battersea Arts Centre and The Place which coincided with Valentine’s Day 2018. The work will tour in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

Age recommendation: 13+
Approx. running time: 75 minutes

Conceived and directed by Ben Duke, Devised and performed by Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter, Associate director: Raquel Meseguer, Lighting design: Jackie Shemesh, Set and costume design: James Perkins, Creative consultant: Pippa Duke, Producers: Tess Howell and Emily Gorrod-Smith


Tour Dates

Lyrici Arts Festival, Brook Theatre, Chatham ME4 4SE
09.05.19 - 10.05.19
Platform8 Festival, Stanground Sports Centre, Stanground College, Peterborough PE7 3BY
18.06.19 - 22.06.19
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London WC1H 9PY UK


Juliet and Romeo is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts. First presented as Juliet & Romeo Live as part of First Bites at Oval House, July 2017.


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Upcoming Dates

Lyrici Arts Festival, Brook Theatre, Chatham ME4 4SE
09.05.19 - 10.05.19
Platform8 Festival, Stanground Sports Centre, Stanground College, Peterborough PE7 3BY
18.06.19 - 22.06.19
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London WC1H 9PY UK

Past Dates

25.07.17 - 26.07.17 - exclusive work in progress sharing
Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
07.02.18 - preview showing
Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University, Great Hall Complex, N Spine, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
14.02.18 - 24.02.18 - world premiere
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, UK
27.02.18 - 04.03.18
The Place, 17 Duke's Rd, London WC1H 9PY, UK
Latitude, Henham Park, Southwold
07.08.18 - 10.08.18 - Dutch premiere
Verkadefabriek, Boschdijkstraat 45, 5211 VD 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth BH1 2BU, UK
02.10.18 - Audio described show
Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford M50 3AZ, UK
Déda Derby, DE1 3GU
07.10.18 - Audio described & BSL interpreted show
Gulbenkian, Canterbury CT2 7NB, UK
Newton-le-Willows Village Hall, Newton-le-Willows, Bedale DL8 1SP, UK
Brigham Memorial Hall, High Brigham, Brigham, Cockermouth CA13 0TJ, UK
Amble Parish Hall, Dovecote Street, Amble, Morpeth NE65 0DX, UK
Bath Spa Live, Bath Spa University, Bath BA2 9BN, UK
Parracombe Village Hall, Parracombe, Barnstaple EX31 4RJ, UK
Tolmen Centre, Fore Street, Constantine, Falmouth TR11 5AA, UK
01.11.18 - 02.11.18 - BSL interpreted show on 1 Nov
The Northwall, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN, UK
Williams Hall, Dark Lane, Stoke Saint Gregory, Taunton TA3 6EH, UK
Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3UH, UK
07.11.18 - 08.11.18 - BSL interpreted show on 7 Nov
09.11.18 - Audio described show
LEAP 2018 at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L6 1HP, UK
Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH
Terry O'Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire LN6 9AX
Crich Glebe Field Centre, Glebe Field Close, Crich, Matlock DE4 5EU, UK
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
Blackpool Grand, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT
Letterston Memorial Hall, Station Rd, Letterston, Haverfordwest SA62 5RY
Small World Theatre, Bath-House Road, Cardigan, UK
Strike A Light, Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate St, Gloucester GL1 1NS
SpArC Theatre, Brampton Road, Bishop's Castle
Halstock Village Hall, Leigh Lane, Halstock, Yeovil
DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW
The Core, Wortwell, Tunbeck Close, Harleston IP20, UK
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
The Quarterhouse, Quarterhouse Mill Bay, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1BN
05.04.19 - 06.04.19
Wigan Arts Festival, The Old Courts, Wigan WN1 1NA
13.04.19 - 14.04.19
Linbury Theare, Royal Opera House, Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD, UK
Jabberwocky Market, Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall School, Darlington, DL1 5PA
Looping the Loop Festival, Theatre Royal Margate, CT9 1PW