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Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Read the reviews for Romeo and Juliet, with Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick.

★★★★

‘The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzingly sharp relief’

EVENING STANDARD

‘It’s always refreshing to see one of our major national companies so light on its feet and ready to challenge the received way of doing and presenting things’

EVENING STANDARD

‘Wonderfully fresh version has is something rare and precious…an urgent sense that this matters here and now, that young hearts and lives, rather than just iambic pentameters, are at stake.’

EVENING STANDARD

‘From the moment we meet Romeo (Bally Gill) and Juliet (Karen Fishwick), we believe in them as a pulsing flesh and blood couple’

EVENING STANDARD

‘Bally Gill is hugely appealing in his quick-witted humour; Karen Fishwick is darting and passionate. There’s lovely support from Ishia Bennison’

EVENING STANDARD

‘After its Stratford and London runs, this production is heading out on an extensive countrywide tour and it will, I strongly suspect, prove a big national hit.’

EVENING STANDARD

★★★★

‘A fresh, fleet, blade-sharp revival’

DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘This must be the most fleet-footed account of Romeo and Juliet since West Side Story. Erica Whyman has done something bold, which is incorporate into the company a handful of pupils from schools across the country; their freshness rubs off onto the rest of the cast.’

DAILY TELEGRAPH

★★★★

‘Youthful and energetic take on Shakespeare's tragedy’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘Drive and vitality of this compellingly-told thriller…three exciting, rollercoaster hours’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘The bold, brash take on what is perhaps literature's greatest love story turns it into something else: a very personal tragedy that resonates with a much wider reverberation.’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘The passion and swagger of Bally Gill's infatuated Romeo…he's utterly convincing as the smitten would-be hero, half show-off and half sensitive new man. He leaps from doe-eyed devotion to reckless rage with ease, constantly gripping to watch and totally in control of the material.’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘Karen Fishwick's Juliet achieves the near-impossible, creating an authentic 13 year-old who matures with alacrity in the face of disastrous fate. She endows Juliet with a compassion beyond her years, while maintaining the contrite naivety of the dutiful daughter.’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘Together, she and Gill are simply delightful, and if ever there was a pairing you could really root for, this is it.’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘The beautifully-judged Ishia Bennison…Andrew French's thoughtful Friar Laurence, here imbued with real presence and wisdom’

WHATSONSTAGE

‘Winning performances and the relentless energy of the whole company, a youthful spirit and a dogged focus on unfolding this heartrending story ultimately lift the production above the realms of the ordinary.’

WHATSONSTAGE

★★★★

‘Fresh and engaging’

THE STAGE

‘Two hugely appealing performances from Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill as the star-crossed lovers.’

THE STAGE

‘Karen Fishwick is an extremely winning Juliet. Bally Gill has charm and swagger, but there’s a softness to him too’

THE STAGE

‘Erica Whyman’s production is one of emotional and narrative clarity. It’s refreshing and accessible. It wires the text into our world.’

THE STAGE

★★★★

‘Karen Fishwick is a serious delight…flanked by a gorgeous performance by Ishia Bennison’

THE TIMES

‘A cracking pace…a bustling show’

THE TIMES

‘Erica Whyman’s swift, lively production’

GUARDIAN

‘Fishwick and Gill as the lovers vigorously convey a doomed innocence.’

GUARDIAN