When Shakespeare told Romeo and Juliet that he wanted to immortalise their story, the couple were delighted. Unfortunately, he changed some of the details: they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.
Well, they grew up and lived, at least.
Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance - about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
It's not often you're doubled over with laughter and wiping away tears of sadness during the same show.
Lost Dog is a dance/theatre/comedy/circus company whose artistic director, Ben Duke, is one of Britain's finest theatre-makers. A perfect balance between choreography and text, Juliet & Romeo is a funny and achingly sad duet that he devised with performer Solène Weinachter (partnered here with Kip Johnson). Beyond a clever conceit, it’s a finely observed portrait of any marriage, where familiarity has replaced the first hormonal rush of desire. Even though it constantly undercuts its soundtrack of soaring love songs (by Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkel, Marvin Gaye and Prokofiev), this fantastic exercise in myth-busting also indulges our soft spot for the myth.
A beautiful and utterly involving show: insightful, funny and rich.
Event additional information
Conceived and directed by Ben Duke Devised by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter Performed by Kip Johnson and Solène Weinachter Associate Director Raquel Meseguer Zafe Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh Set & Costume Designer James Perkins Production Manager Dave Sherman Technical Stage Manager Tanya Stephenson
Lost Dog Team
Executive Producer Daisy Drury
Producer Karen Petersen
Administrator Emma Evans
Image Tristram Kenton
Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts with development time supported by Oval House through FiRST BiTES. Lost Dog is supported by Farnham Maltings.