Thursday 18 May–Saturday 20 May 2017 7:30pm
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona (where we lay our scene),
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood make civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life…
So begins William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love brought to the stage by Lincoln’s Common Ground Theatre Company. This production sets the familiar story in 1960s Italy against the background of the troubled post-war Italian State, where Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love despite their families’ long-standing feud and political differences.
Brought up by his fiercely republican grandparents following the war, Romeo is a poet and a dreamer, while Juliet, raised within a staunch, unwavering, Fascist-sympathising household, struggles to control her destiny in the face of the expectations of her father and grandmother.
This production seeks to both celebrate and offer a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s play with non-traditional casting, fast-paced action and live music, while retaining Shakespeare’s dialogue and language.