Romeo & Juliet
The Bard is back. After a
long absence from the Eastbourne stage, the
classic tale of starcrossed lovers, Romeo and
JulietĒ opened this week.
Rep and The Touring Consortium's stylish
adaptation, directed by Bill Bryden, is a feast
for the senses. The huge set looks like it has
crash landed and is at such a steep rake it
offers an intimate feel.
large, talented cast includes Gerald Harper,
displaying imposing stage presence as Friar
Laurence, Su Pollard, who gains laughs aplenty as
the nurse, and Gus Gallagher as Mercutio, who has
the teenage girls in the audience swooning.
course, the evening belongs to Romeo, RADA
graduate and relative newcomer Jamie Doyle, and
his wideeyed and beautiful Juliet, played by
classy presentation of Shakespeare's classic is a
treat. The costumes, with a modern twist, deserve
note, as does the music by John Tams and the
effective lighting by John Harris.