This production starts off with a bang. The Montagues are lined up along one wall by the side of the audience while the Capulets line up along the other. The music starts – Frankie Goes To Hollywood singing Two Tribes Go To War – and both sides begin running around and through the audience, fighting each other as they go. The fighting continues until it is stopped by the Prince of Verona. Clearly, this is not going to be a dull performance.

This production follows Shakespeare’s basic plot but with minor cuts to reduce the length. Parts of the dialogue are replaced by appropriate rock music accompanied by modern dance routines, which is very successful.

There is a problem in that much of the original Shakespearean dialogue has been retained and this does not work well in this fast-paced production. Some of the dialogue is mumbled or spoken too quickly to be readily understood. It would probably have been better to have used a modern language version.

Apart from that, it is a very enjoyable play. The cast are talented and enthusiastic. It would certainly appeal to young people.

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