Romeo and Juliet (Almeida Theatre)
Romeo and Juliet (Almeida Theatre)
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Romeo and Juliet (Almeida Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets

80%
(27 Ratings)
Positive
93%
Mixed
0%
Negative
7%
Members say
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

About the Show

Toheeb Jimoh & Isis Hainsworth star in Rebecca Frecknall's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (27)

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59 Reviews | 3 Followers
94
Intense, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a great version of the show. The staging was minimalist but I loved the lighting and the acting. Definitely worth a visit.

Don't see it if You can’t take sitting still for 2 hours.

58 Reviews | 7 Followers
92
Profound, Romantic, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a BEAUTIFUL production. Performers were fantastic. Direction was YESSS! The movement was like West Side Story! AH LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!

Don't see it if you aren't a Shakespeare fan. Although, I still think you will like this! It's new, it's fresh, it's beautiful.

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
85
Great acting, Epic, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to see a great show and a great authentic version of a well-known story

Don't see it if you don’t like classic stories with modern feminist adaptations

50 Reviews | 2 Followers
84
Heartbreaking, Intense, Chilling, Absorbing, Phenomenal performances

See it if you want to see a captivating and heartbreaking revival of the classic play. Excellent and thought-provoking staging and characterisations.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span; 2 hours with no interval

96 Reviews | 6 Followers
83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You’re interested in a new take on R&J. It’s still the play we all know and love but quite stylistically distinct.

Don't see it if You want a 100% faithful production and one that mines the text for all it contains. Read more

132 Reviews | 11 Followers
81
Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Superb performances from a young cast with great staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you want a happy ending.

108 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Classic

See it if Interesting staging. Enjoyed the little contemporary dance moments. Always a classic with great acting.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and absolutely fresh.

59 Reviews | 19 Followers
80
Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing Rebecca Frecknell's latest work - she's an amazing director

Don't see it if you are not a Shakespeare fan. Though reconfigured, it's still R&J

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out London
June 16th, 2023

“Running at two hours with no interval, and with not much of a set to speak of, it’s a rare production that successfully conveys the play’s fairly wild timeline - the titular starcross’d lovers meet and marry in under 24 hours, and have taken their own lives just a couple of days later. “
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The Guardian (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“Performed at exactly the ‘two hours traffic’ promised in the prologue, without an interval, it hurtles towards the end...But there is power in this pace: the dead lovers remain alone and undiscovered, which makes the end starker and more shocking, somehow.”
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London Theatre
June 15th, 2023

“Frecknall’s viscerally accessible production captures the youthful impulsiveness of those callow protagonists...emphasises how the conflicts and traumas here are a generational inheritance, dooming the youngsters before they even begin...This is a gut-punch of a ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ brimming with fire and feeling.”
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London Theatre
June 15th, 2023

“It’s not quite the unalloyed triumph of Frecknall’s recent work, but it does give you that same shocking sensation of being hit by a truck. Once again, she has taken a very familiar work and given it fresh impact; no mean feat. This is a gut-punch of a ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ brimming with fire and feeling.”
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The Times (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“It is the Shakespeare play that announces its own running time — and for once ‘the two hours’ traffic of our stage’ is a promise that is fulfilled here. Yet while it has bright ideas aplenty, this condensed reinvention from the director Rebecca Frecknall is less convincing than the shows that have put her on such a hot streak lately”
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The Stage (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“This is a tragedy that pulses with life. All the jittery energy, the uncertainty, frustration, rage and wild excitement of teenage existence are here, in an envisioning of Shakespeare’s tale of doomed innocence that is as volatile as a hormonal adolescent mood swing.”
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The Arts Desk
June 19th, 2023

“This is a radical and visceral take on one of the most difficult works in the canon to illuminate in a new light...At its dark heart, Hainsworth and Jimoh both deliver luminous performances. An important interpretation from one of our most distinctive directors.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 15th, 2023

“A novel, pulsating energy drives this production to its conclusion, but in a way that never feels reckless with the source material. It is a masterclass in how to tell Shakespeare in an orthodox way while still feeling fresh, and an unmissable show this summer.”
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