I thought i'd seen a thread but can't see it. Well I'm just back from this at the Lowry, and it is a gloriously reinvented take on the Shakespeare - more One Flew Over Fair Verona, perhaps. The twist of what the two houses are is good, and is something I'd thought about should I get to direct the play. The lean narrative fits the concept, though the chorus were busy doing something and all the audience missed the event that instigated Romeo's demise. It's got all Bourne's trademark moments of cold mothers, much underwear, much fluid gender. For once there is no obvious dance parody. This is rather brilliant, and I would perhaps say the crowd scenes are more successful than the intimate scenes - maybe. One scene of cinematic cross cutting between two scenes but in the same space was truly inspired.
Interesting that in many adaptions the nurse is often a casualty here - but Friar Laurence is kept. Perhaps Anita serve the purpose of the nurse in west Side story. She's not in this piece, and Juliet does not particularly have a chum. The Friar has swapped gender and that was rather too much of a comedy turn.
But hurrah for live music. I suspect they have two sets of costumes...…..
Seeing this in August - booked up just in time. Don't know who is playing Romeo but hoping for Andrew Monaghan after seeing him play Harry the Pilot!
Depends when in August you're seeing it, they have two completely different casts, the cast that Andy isn't in do the first two weeks, then the cast with Andy in do the second two weeks. If you're in the second two weeks then of course the chances of seeing him are high but there's still a second Romeo who will most likely do a couple of shows a week. Good luck!
Saw the matinee in Newcastle today. We had Joao Carolino as Romeo and Bryony Wood as Juliet. The whole cast was excellent, especially impressed with the local Young Cast, what a great initiative by the New Adventures team. Loved the show and the contemporary interpretations Matthew Bourne does of such classic stories.