It’s the love story we all know and adore. Whether you’ve drooled over DiCaprio’s stellar acting or memorised lines for high school English, Romeo and Juliet has played a part in almost everyone’s upbringing. It’s the story that helped form our ideas about love and passion, as two teenagers made the ultimate sacrifice for each other. This 17th-century classic has been reinterpreted across the globe in countless languages and theatres. Now, Romeo and Juliet will be playing at La Boite Roundhouse Theatre this May and June, giving William Shakespeare’s classic tale a fresh, 21st-century outlook.
We are all familiar with the story of two feuding families and pure teenage love that ends in suicide. Romeo and Juliet is coming to La Boite Roundhouse Theatre from May 25 to June 15, eager to perform their new take on Shakespeare’s classic. Artistic Director Todd MacDonald leads this visceral production, where tragedy and love collide. Expect an edge with epic costumes and unparalleled performances by seasoned actors including Eugene Gilfedder, Colin Smith, Kerith Atkinson and Bridget Boyle. The universal, timeless topic of love has been conveyed through the same iconic monologues we know and love, but acknowledges our modern, busy lives. MacDonald has removed unnecessary repetition, creating a succinct, engaging production from the traditional story line.
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For those new to La Boite, they are renowned for their contemporary take on production, ensuring their themes are both relevant and relatable to a modern audience. Known as Australia’s longest-running professional theatre company, La Boite has spent 90 years in the Queensland Arts Industry, running artist development programs, youth participation programs and cultivating the next generation of performers. It is this ongoing partnership with QUT that has cast these final year students as lead protagonists, including Darcy Gooda as Juliet and Jackson Bannister as her Romeo. It’s only appropriate that such a venue would host this truly epic romantic rendition. Get your tickets below to Romeo and Juliet!
What: Romeo and Juliet
When: May 25 – June 16
Where: LaBoite, Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove
Feature image: Dylan Evans