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October, 2003
Classic love tale as absorbing as ever
Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet at The Oxford Playhouse captivated Sarah Vanstone.
Sarah Vanstone was so touched by the English Touring Theatre's performance of Rome & Juliet that she was brought to tears...
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The English Touring Theatre’s performance of the classic Romeo and Juliet was a straight but absorbing adaptation of the famous love story.

I loved the imposing blue wall backdrop with the white picture frame/ window that served as Juliet’s balcony.

This minimalist set gave the cast space to rush around energetically and bring over the raw emotion that is central to this love-tragedy.

A reasonably straight production in 1940’s dress, the English Touring Theatre proved its ethos that "quality theatre does not have to be elitist" – remaining true to the play and respecting the audience.

An especially energetic Romeo (played by Adam Croasdell) annoyed me at times by being "too intense" and seemed constantly to be on the end of a coiled spring.

Romeo’s rash and extremist nature was evident in his constant nervous movements.

Juliet’s performance was impressive as she plays a convincing 14-year-old. She has a "girl next door" persona. I felt comfortable and relaxed when she was on stage, despite knowing the extreme events she had to cope with.

Although young and inexperienced, she seems more level headed than Romeo, and thinks clearly despite the emotional storm she is doomed to go through.

The relationship between Juliet and her parents is also well done: they are oblivious to her true feelings, cold distance and reserve dominates the scenes between them.

The comparison of the Nurse and Friar Laurence as alternative (more loving) parents is obvious.

Mercutio was hilarious – his piss-take impersonations of Romeo’s love struck condition, and his clownish antics make his final death even more powerful when he cries: "A plague, on both your houses".

This production was magical, powerful, and got tears from me at the tragic end.

The last message of love battling over hate was made clear - the Motagues and the Caplets shaking hands over the dead bodies of the lovers and the cast standing motionless after constant rushing around on the stage - as if time had stopped.

The last words summed up my impressions: "None was the story of more woe, than of Juliet, and her Romeo".

Reviewed by Sarah Vanstone

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