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February 2005
Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet

Old Fire Station Studio Theatre
40 George Street,
OX1 2AQ, Oxford

1 - 4 Feb 2005 19:30pm

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By Tim Bearder

This was the best Romeo and Juliet I've ever seen and I've seen it done a million times.

James Corbet Burcher (who will shortly appear in a radio play I've been working on) was magnificent. The set designed by Anna-Marie Hainsworth (who was sat in front of me) was clear and crisp and Amy Jackson's Juliet (who was a close friend of the delightful young lady sat next to me) was captivating and exquisitely subtle.

Cynics might say that I was the victim of artful press manipulation but I am a man with scruples and I will let nothing pinch my artistic integrity!

Jack Farthing who played the role of Mercutio was excellent, funny and dramatic in equal measure and I have no connection with him what-so-ever. His Aunt isn't even my godmother, no seriously she's not.

What was great about the play was the simplicity of the set and direction. It allowed the actors to convey the story with clarity - a must when you're doing Shakespeare. The was pure quality of the delivery from the whole cast was excellent.

The only complaint I'd have is that for a play with so much killing there wasn't much blood. Everyone was dying left right and centre and I just kept thinking about the Organ Donor scene from Monty Pythons Meaning of Life.

On reflection it's actually not something that should concern the cast, it's more an issue I should try and shake out of my system.

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