Thursday, 28. July 2011 15:39
Thursday, 28. July 2011 15:39
Tuesday, 19. July 2011 15:38
Last night was our opening night of Romeo and Juliet in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens. Thank you to the appreciative audience and to those of you still deciding, you can pay on the door for tonight’s performance of Twelfth Night or saturday’s Romeo & Juliet. Please remember to bring warm clothing for later in the evening.
Sunday, 17. July 2011 15:40
Next weekend you will be able to find us at the magnificent Tudor mansion Kentwell Hall in Suffolk. The gardens are floodlit in the evenings and you can enjoy their delicious Kentwell Suppers – the first part of the supper is served before the play starts, pudding and coffee are served in the Interval. [ INFORMATION ]
Ticket Office: 01787 310207 www.kentwell.co.uk
Friday 22nd July 7.45pm – Twelfth Night
Saturday 23rd July 7.45pm – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday 24th July 3pm – Romeo & Juliet
Sunday 24th July 7.45pm – Twelfth Night
Friday, 15. July 2011 15:41
James Goffin’s (Eastern Daily Press) review of the Twelfth Night said “Suzannah Hampton impressed as Olivia, switching between lamenting and lovestruck as she fell for the cross-dressing Viola (a disarmingly boyish Lucy Wray).
Wednesday, 13. July 2011 15:42
Under the direction of Norwich-born Neil Sheppeck, the Bard’s story of the brawling Capulets and Montagues is taken back to basics – the set is minimal, the emotions palpable and the sword-play thrilling.
Not long out of drama school, Lucy Wray plays Juliet. A star in the making, her performance was wonderfully sparky – one of the most engaging portrayals of the character, who can sometimes be a bit one-dimensional, I’ve seen.
Her Romeo – and the pair has a great chemistry – is played by Gabriel Thomson. He grew up on screen playing Michael Harper in the long-running BBC sitcom My Family and effortlessly makes the transition from screen to stage.
While the star-crossed lovers take centre stage, special mention must be made of Joel Sams, who plays Mercutio – no entendre is knowingly underplayed, Sioned Jones as the scene-stealing Nurse and Oliver Cudbill, who plays Benvolio.
Emma Lee, Eastern Daily Press
Tuesday, 12. July 2011 15:43
Monday, 11. July 2011 15:44
Ticket sales for the Norwich Cathedral shows are strong and the Wednesday evening performance of Twelfth Night is sold out. Booking for the remaining shows is advisable. Telephone Norwich Cathedral Shop on 01603 218323 or Theatre Royal Box office on 01603 630000.
Sunday, 3. July 2011 15:46
Sunday, 3. July 2011 15:45
The performance itself was polished through and through, perfectly capturing the angst of the young lovers and the depth of hatred between their two families that gives the tale its foundations.
The lustful bawdiness of Romeo’s young friends danced across the stage ahead of the heartbroken melancholy of the tragic couple, and Gabriel Thomson and Lucy Wray perfectly infused Romeo and Juliet with the conflicting emotions at the centre of their woe.
The lusty, thrusting humour of the dazzling Mercutio (Joel Sams) was tempered beautifully by the torn Benvolio (Oliver Cudbill), and the strength of the ensemble cast set Blaise Castle alight with Shakespeare’s 400-year-old words, giving them new life.
“The finest place in England”? On an night like that, who would question it. 9/10
Dominic Harris, Bristol Evening Post
Photo: Chris Hopkins