Romeo and Juliet
Theater in englischer Sprache
Mo, 18.12.17, 10:00 Uhr
TNT theatre Britain and the American Drama Group Europe presents ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare
Directed and edited by Paul Stebbings
"Two houses both alike in dignity
In fair Verona where we set our scene."
(Prologue Romeo and Juliet)
These two quotations from the opening speech of the play are usually ignored in modern productions of Shakespeare's famous romantic tragedy. "West Side Story" and Leonardo de Caprio's recent gangster version cast long shadows on this delicate play. But this is not a play about poor urban street fighters, nor a play about racial conflict. The Capulets and Montagues are of the same caste and share the same values. Their retainers fight on the streets. Shakespeare is criticising their joint values, which are those of powerful families. This is, of course, the stuff of tragedy: when the mighty sin the state trembles. The "star crossed lovers" deaths expose the follies of the vicious clan warfare that their families perpetuate. Those familes are reformed and reconciled. None of this makes any sense if Romeo is some broke and hip street kid. The Montagues and Capulets are two sides of the same coin.
They are also Italian. And so one starting point of our production is to stay with Shakespeare's torrid Latin setting. We choose to locate the production in an early modern Italy, where clan violence, dignity, aristocracy, Catholicism, arranged marriages and chaste love are all imaginable.
The play is highly stylised, masked balls and ritual violence form set pieces. We will employ stylised choreography and once again commission a live musical score from a leading composer. While establishing a rich theatrical environment we will also strive to maintain a Shakespearian style that relies on the actor's skills and audience's imagination rather than complex settings and design. As with our current acclaimed production of TAMING OF THE SHREW, we will attempt to present the play rather than impose a simplistic interpretation on the original. "Romeo and Juliet" is one of the most popular plays ever written, we aim to present it with its poetry and romance intact, while delivering a powerful, stylised drama.
Veranstalter: Erdinger Stadthallen GmbH
Mo/Mi/Fr 15-18 Uhr
und Di/Do 10-12 Uhr
(Mo-Fr 9-17 Uhr)