Sunday, 2 August 2015

Review: Romeo and Juliet

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Romeo and Juliet.
Funnily enough, I knew the story of Romeo and Juliet really well and yet had never seen it live. I was really happy I got to see it as it was absolutely stunning. It was the best play I have seen in ages. The actors were extraordinary! The amazing cast included Samuel Valentine as Romeo, Cassie Layton as Juliet, Tom Kanji as Friar Laurence and Benvolio, Steffan Donnelly as Mercutio, Prince Escalus and The Apothecary, Sarah Higgins as The Nurse, Lady Montague and Balthasar, Matt Doherty as Tybalt, Montague, Paris and Peter, Steven Elder as Capulet and Friar John and Hannah McPake as Lady Capulet and The Chorus. It was very well casted. They added some music to the show which I thought was a great addition to the play. I thought Samuel Valentine and Cassie Layton as Romeo and Juliet had great chemistry and were a very believable couple. The scenes were so captivating and intense. I felt like I was transported back to 1300's Verona. At the point in the play where Juliet pretends to be dead, Cassie was incredible. She stayed so still and lifeless, it was quite scary to witness. The staging was also very good and I thought the fight scenes were very well choreographed. I also found certain parts throughout the show to be very funny. It's a spectacular show, but I think there is one thing they could possibly change. The actors portray two or three characters each and this got quite confusing at bits. For me the most confusing was that at times I thought Tybalt, Montague, Paris and Peter were all the same character. Perhaps they should have a bigger costume change or add more makeup. *SPOILER ALERT* At the end of act two Tybalt is killed by Romeo but my Mum actually thought it was Count Paris that had been killed. Apart from that one small thing this show is stunning and I guarantee that anyone who sees this show will have their socks blown off.

The featured star of Romeo Juliet is, drum roll please… CASSIE LAYTON!

This was such a hard choice. The whole cast were so good. At one point I did think about giving everyone a joint-featured star but then decided to stick to my only one person can have featured star rule. Cassie was astonishing in this role, she was born for this role! I was so glad I got to see her do this role and hope to see her performing in the theatre again soon.

Now for my final verdict on Romeo and Juliet. I give Romeo and Juliet… 

Romeo and Juliet is finishing it's tour in Glasgow and will be there from 4-8th August, so what are you waiting for? Run and get your tickets NOW!

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Calamity Jane.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now finished touring.

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