I was late for Romeo and Juliet at the Drama Theatre. It is only the second time I have been late and the world did not end but I did miss the opening scene which sets up the whole play and it meant I sat in different seats for each Act. Usually I hate changing seats as it gives you a totally different perspective on the performance but as this evening had already been disturbed I quite enjoyed the opportunity to experience the differences.
I loved this production which looked at Shakespeare’s play with an emphasis on the Capulets and with Juliet very much the central character.
I have studied the play and seen many productions and found myself totally engrossed in this fine production, directed by Kip Williams for the Sydney Theatre Company.
The production was designed by David Fleischer on a double revolve creating great large spaces and the opportunity for small scenes to occur while the scenes were changing.
Sound Design by Alan John helped overcome problems created by the conflict of the language and the 1970s setting. Eryn Jean Norvill was exceptional as Juliet, supported by Dylan Young as a fine Romeo. Colin Moody, Julie Forsyth and Anna Lise Phillips played the Capulets and nurse with their usual finesse. The only jarring note was the first scene with the Friar.
Great to see a new approach to the play.