Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company

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Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents.

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate? Shakespeare’s most famous story explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to devastating consequences.

RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman is back at the Barbican following her acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation in 2016. Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick are the star-crossed lovers, with the professional cast joined by young people from RSC Associate Schools in London who will perform as part of the chorus.


Duration: 2 hours 43 mins/including an interval

Sat 15 Dec, 1.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance

Described by Julia Grundy & Carolyn Smith and captioned by Roz Chalmers

Past: Wed 28 Nov
Semi-integrated BSL performance

BSL Interpreter: Clare Edwards. Watch the BSL synopsis here.

Wed 28 Nov
BSL Backstage Tour

Wed 28 Nov
Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)

Free to same-day ticket holders

Presented by the Barbican. The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation. The RSC Associate Schools programme is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Polonsky Foundation and The Ernest Cook Trust 

Includes a limited number of premium seats at £75*

£35 for Monday to Thursday performances for groups of 10+. 

Up to 4 under 18s tickets at half price with every full price ticket. Valid for Monday to Thursday performances. Up to a maximum of 8 per booking – not available on Premium Seats. 

£18 tickets (£16 for RSC Education Members) available for Monday to Thursday performances. 1 free teacher’s ticket is available for every 10 students. 

Over 60s
20% off for Monday and Tuesday evenings and midweek matinee performances. Maximum of 9 per transaction.

16–25 Year olds
20 tickets at £5 available for every performance for individuals aged between 16 and 25. Available over the phone or in person.  Individuals must make the booking themselves, maximum two per person. All tickets will be held for collection at the Box Office until one hour before the performance when proof of ID will be required. 

Visitors with access requirements who have joined our Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets. Click here for more info on our Access Membership scheme. Please inform the Box Office of your access requirements when booking, and our staff will advise you on seating, pricing, car parking and our facilities. For Minicom facilities, call 07710 854 085.

All discounts are subject to availability, at the discretion of the RSC/Barbican Box Office and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

A limited number of £10 day seats are available in person at the Barbican Box Office from 10:30am on the day of the performance.

A limited number of same-day £10 Rush tickets are available online from TodayTix.  

All discounts are subject to availability, at the discretion of the RSC/Barbican Box Office and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other discount or offer.

*Excludes £3 booking fee


‘Youthful and energetic take on Shakespeare's tragedy‘
‘The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzingly sharp relief‘
Evening Standard
‘Fresh and engaging‘
‘Karen Fishwick is a serious delight…flanked by a gorgeous performance by Ishia Bennison‘


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Watch: A Season of contemporary Shakespeare at the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor arrive at the Barbican for a contemporary London Season, transferring directly from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Watch: Why is Romeo and Juliet Relevant in 2018?

Karen Fishwick (Juliet), Charlotte Josephine (Mercutio) and Bally Gill (Romeo) discuss the relevance of Erica Whyman's Romeo and Juliet in today's society.


‘Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness’

Pop into the Martini Bar and try our cocktail inspired by 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.

Barbican Theatre