Shakespeare Up Close

Romeo and Juliet











These violent delights have violent ends...

Passions collide. And the world changes in an instant.

Experience Shakespeare’s tale of love and violence taken to the edge of the city, where the wildness of the heart can’t be contained.

A small cast of multi-roling actors bring Shakespeare’s language to life through ensemble movement, lyrical flows and contemporary sounds; up close, intense, and in the round.

Ideally suited to Years 9, 10 and 11 (ages 13 – 16), this 90-minute abridged version of the play uses only Shakespeare’s language, combined with a present-day setting. Clear storytelling makes it accessible for students at any stage of studying the text in class.

Director Nathan Crossan-Smith

The production is available in two education packages:

Option 1 At the Orange Tree Theatre
7 FEB – 14 FEB 2020

Your group will be welcomed at the Orange Tree to experience this thrilling 90-minute production in our intimate theatre, where the audience surround the action.

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 10.30am & 2.00pm
Tickets £8. Teachers free.

Option 2 At your school
26 FEB – 13 MARCH 2020

We bring the production to your school hall in a technically simplified touring version, for up to 120 students seated in the round.

The production is immediately followed by a 30minute workshop led by the actors which enables students to explore production ideas and re-direct key moments in the play to consider how the choices actors make affect the audience.

A two hour slot in the hall is required for the performance and workshop, plus approx.

1 hour to set up and 40 minutes to clear.


"The production was fantastic: vibrant, youthful and relevant. Even students who find Shakespeare difficult loved it"
Putney High School on Shakespeare Up Close 2019

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