Romeo & Juliet Abridged

Following three critically acclaimed productions of Quadrophenia, The Wall, and Animal Farm, the talented Mercury Theatre Young Company return for their fourth year with something a little bit different.

The Young Company will perform a condensed version of Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo and Juliet, in St Martin’s Church in central Colchester. The audience will follow the action around this unique setting as the story unfolds around them.

It’s love at first sight when teenagers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet first spot each other across a crowded room. There’s just one problem; their families are sworn enemies. Secret meetings soon lead to a forbidden marriage, but these young lovers are forced to grow up quickly when the family feud threatens to overpower their love.

Romeo and Juliet is directed by Filiz Ozcan, Participation and Young People’s Director at the Mercury Theatre.

Filiz said:

“In Romeo and Juliet there are many references to God, fate and death, so it lends itself perfectly to a site specific piece of theatre – these themes all connect with the building.”

“We are playing with the idea of the piece being timeless. It’s something that has been happening for centuries and we are tapping into different times and characters to suggest that.”

The Mercury Young Company is an opportunity for 16 – 25 year olds with a passion for drama, movement, music and singing to work under the guidance of the Mercury Theatre’s creative team to create a top-quality show in a professional environment.

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Romeo and Juliet will play at St Martin’s Church, Colchester from Friday, August 19th until Sunday, August 28th. Tickets are £11.50 and are standing only.

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