Bury St Edmunds: Classic Shakespeare play is dynamic and a real triumph

Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Archant

Romeo and Juliet, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until Saturday, March 9

PASSION, tragedy, action, comedy, music ... it’s all wrapped up into this dynamic performance of one of Shakespeare’s best loved and well known plays.

Given an up-to-date feel, but without losing any of its authenticity, director Lynn Whitehead’s production of this classic is a real triumph.

There are starring roles all round as the cast of nine switch roles throughout the performance which never loses its pace as the tragic tale of the two lovers unfolds.

Craig Vye and Hannah Edwards are brilliantly cast as Romeo alongside his Juliet as at first their love blossoms between the waring factions of the Mongague and Capulet clans and then comes to a ultimate sad conclusion.

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Beccy Wright is also a wonderful faithful nurse to Juliet and displays many comic moments throughout.

The action scenes are energetic with a series of realistic fights and confrontations but it is the story that carries the production faithfully through.

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From the initial meeting of the two lovers through their trials and tribulations and ultimate devoted love for each other.

Also injected into the play are a troupe of musicians, as there is singing and dancing as part of the plot, who are drawn from schools in the Bury area.

The play, which is being staged through to March 9, is sponsored by Worldwide Theatrix Ltd, with media sponsors The East Anglian Daily Times and its sister paper The Bury St Edmunds Mercury.

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