Romeo & Juliet

SKY CITY Theatre, Auckland

10/02/2024 - 25/02/2024

Production Details

Author: William Shakespeare
Director: David Lawrence
Music Director: Paul McLaney

Pop-up Globe

An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed … (see synopsis below)

Enjoy all you know and love from Pop-up Globe – one stage surrounded by audience members on three sides; a beautiful Jacobean set and costumes; music, fights and dance; beauty, bawdiness and smut; the lights on so everyone shares the same space, the same light; a cast some of whom you know and love, and some we can’t wait to introduce you to; and some of the most famous words ever written – this time with the luxury of a roof, comfy seats and air con!

Pop-up Globe, SkyCity Theatre
10-25 February 2024
Times: various.
Tickets from $20.
Bookings: Eventfinda


An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gatecrashing a Capulet party. A young lovesick Romeo Montague falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet, who is due to marry her father’s choice, the County Paris.

With the help of Juliet’s nurse, the women arrange for the couple to marry the next day, but Romeo’s attempt to halt a street fight leads to the death of Juliet’s own cousin, Tybalt, for which Romeo is banished.

In a desperate attempt to be reunited with Romeo, Juliet follows the Friar’s plot and fakes her own death. The message fails to reach Romeo, and believing Juliet dead, he takes his life in her tomb. Juliet wakes to find Romeo’s corpse beside her and kills herself. The grieving family agree to end their feud.

Associate Director & Movement Director: Brigid Costello
Fight Director: Alexander Holloway
Music Director: Paul McLaney
Vocal Coach: Cherie Moore
Technical Director: Duncan Milne
Scenic Design: Malcolm Dale

Adrian Hooke (Tybalt)
Alice Pearce (Prince)
Alistair Sewell (Romeo)
Ava Rassoul-Khomeini (Balthazar)
Bala Murali Shingade (Benvolio)
Bryony Skillington (Lady Montague)
Frith Horan (Mercutio)
Kevin Keys (Friar Lawrence)
Kirsty Bruce ( Lady Capulet)
Jehangir Homavazir (Paris)
Natasha Daniel (Juliet)
Salesi Le’ota (Nurse)
Tyler Wilson-Kokiri (Lord Capulet)

Theatre , Comedy ,

Two hours (but could be more depending on what happens)

Love and fate filled with robust and vibrant energy

Review by David Charteris 17th Feb 2024

As the capacity audience enter the auditorium, they are greeted by musicians and players already on stage creating an ebullient beginning to this, the first full show Pop Up Globe Shakespeare Company has performed since 2019 and boy, the audience is so ready to be entertained.

As the last strains of ” Sweet Dreams are Made of This” faded, the action started on a faithful replica of London’s Globe with audience seated downstage on both sides of the stage.

Director David Lawrence directs with a fluidity that used the whole auditorium which gives the actors a great physicality to their performances when needed.

This is a tragedy about star crossed lovers, love and fate but filled with robust and vibrant energy. It can be interpreted as a comedy as much as a tragedy and here it was given full range to the comedic side of the story and lines. Innuendo was the noun of the night which, while the audience loved them, it did distract from the script and the characters.

A cast of thirteen actors and two musicians are kept busy as the play moves quickly through superb sword fights, effective comic scenes, heartfelt drama all of which adds up to as wonderful a night of pleasurable theatre which everyone should see. How often do you get to see full scale Shakespeare played with commitment and be able to take photos as well because “the actors like that! “

Kirsty Bruce and Bryony Skillington are suitably regal as the Ladies of the Court, both with clear vocals.

Frith Horan as the bawdy, gallant friend of Romeo, Mercutio, was totally at one with her character. Great facial and vocal skills made this performance a highlight.

I also liked Adrian Hooke as Tybalt as he brought an acting maturity to the proceedings.

Kevin Keys as Friar Laurence was the standout. A performance of great control, very clear understanding of the lines, skill in theatre technique and vocally superb.

Alistair Sewell and Natasha Daniel as Romeo and Juliet looked great and had chemistry.

All the actors worked very well with each other to create a cohesive whole.

I spoke to several members of the audience after the show to gauge their response and they all thought it was very funny and entertaining. I was very pleased that the house lights were turned off for the second half of the show and that quietened the serial laughers. Thankfully.

Two personal things I loved were the burning, smoking live flame torches and I always find it amusing how actors love their Doc Martens!  

Reviewed by David Charteris


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