Learn more about the history of the Romeo and Juliet story, and the works that may have influenced Shakespeare.
Put Romeo and Juliet in context: a chronology of approximate performance dates for Shakespeare's plays, along with other important events during the period.
Learn more about the play and the ideas and people behind the production. This pack contains information sheets and exercises for teachers and students.
Simon Coates as the Friar, Brigid Zengeni as the Nurse and Okezie Morro as Tybalt, in rehearsal. Photo: Tristram Kenton
The final week of rehearsal began with our first stagger-through of the whole play. This was a particularly exciting prospect for all of the company as it was the first time they had seen the show in its entirety.
Director Robert Icke speaks to the company. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Due to the length of the rehearsal period and the tight schedule, the company have been rehearsing six days a week but although the beginning of the third week was greeted with rain clouds and tube delays everyone still arrived eager to get stuck in. We continued to work through the play, readdressing certain bits and adding to and refining earlier versions of the scenes.
Caroline Faber as Lady Capulet and Okezie Morro as Tybalt, with Daniel Hooke, Daniel Boyd, Matthew Spencer and Catrin Stewart, in rehearsal. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Having given individual attention to every section of the play - with the exception of the ending - over the first week, we returned to the start and worked through the scenes again in chronological order. This allowed the actors to refine their ideas, whilst also introducing initial elements of staging.
Tunji Lucas and the company in rehearsal. Photo: Tristram Kenton
On a Monday morning in early January, still in the shadow of Christmas and New Year, the company gathered for the first time.