Juliet & Romeo
Next Occurrence : 05 Mar 2022
When Shakespeare told Romeo and Juliet that he wanted to immortalise their story, the couple were delighted. Unfortunately, he changed some of the details: they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.
Well, they grew up and 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.
Lost Dog is a dance/theatre/comedy/circus company whose artistic director, Ben Duke, is one of Britain's finest theatre-makers. A perfect balance between choreography and text, Juliet & Romeo is a funny and achingly sad duet that he devised with performer Solène Weinachter (partnered here with Kip Johnson). Beyond a clever conceit, it’s a finely observed portrait of any marriage, where familiarity has replaced the first hormonal rush of desire. Even though it constantly undercuts its soundtrack of soaring love songs (by Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkel, Marvin Gaye and Prokofiev), this fantastic exercise in myth-busting also indulges our soft spot for the myth.
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