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Romeo and Juliet - Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HIRAETH Artistic Productions is presenting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre – from February 6 to March 2, 2013.

From the company that created the critically acclaimed, box office successes Macbeth, A Life in the Theatre and Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s classic tale of forbidden love is transported into the cultural din of 1960’s Brighton.

Set in the fraught days following the violent confrontation between Mods and Rocker crowds on the shores of Brighton in 1964, tensions between the children of two powerful families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are running high.

In the midst of the conflict, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet’s eyes meet for the first time; it is a glance that will not only radically change the course of their lives, but alter the face of Brighton forever.

Described as Quadrophenia meets Shakespeare, Hiraeth Artistic
Productions have produced a visceral, vibrant and sexually charged adaptation of Romeo and Juliet that is ‘bathed in 60’s music, politics and culture’.

Zoé Ford directs a cast that includes Rosalind Blessed (Canterbury Tales, Legacy Falls, Blythe Spirit, Turn of the Screw), Benjamin Ireland and Maya Thomas (The Tempest, Mary Rose, The Tragedy of Soliman and Persida).

Tickets: £14, £12 concessions (Tuesday to Friday and Sunday); Tuesdays – all tickets £10; £16, £14 concessions (Saturday) – available from the box office on 020 8340 3488 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm.