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Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company

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.


Tagged with: Theatre & dance RSC 2018

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 


‘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.


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