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.
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