Shakespeare gets a shake-up with La Boite’s modern reimagination of Romeo and Juliet
“Two households, both alike in dignity …” It’s one of the most famous plays in history, subject to countless rewrites, reinterpretations and creative liberties – so how exactly do you do Romeo and Juliet justice? Shakespeare’s epic story that follows two families at war and two teenagers in love has been given a fresh contemporary edit thanks to the brilliant minds at La Boite Theatre, resulting in a razor-sharp adaptation for the modern age. Running at the Roundhouse Theatre from May 25 to June 16, this bold undertaking is a physical, visceral and accessible take on a true classic.
The violent delights and violent ends that make up the story of Romeo and Juliet have been carefully filtered through a modern lens for La Boite’s latest endeavour, bringing together a cast of seasoned actors combined with fresh-faced newcomers from QUT’s final year acting students. Brisbane’s own Darcy Gooda and Jackson Bannister take on the roles of Juliet and her Romeo respectively, headlining a selection of Queensland theatre veterans to the tune of Eugene Gilfedder, Colin Smith, Kerith Atkinson and multi-Matilda-award-winner Bridget Boyle.
If you’re worried that a modern take might omit some of the best bits, fear not – La Boite’s take on Romeo and Juliet does the original justice without skimping on the classic elements. While much of the repetition present in the well-known play has been cut, audiences can expect to witness the classic scenes and iconic monologues that are synonymous with the title. As with all of its reinterpreted works, the La Boite team has taken its famous approach of transforming this classic into a relevant and relatable piece for the modern age – this latest endeavour is not so much a rewrite, but rather a prudent and respectful edit of the original cloaked in contemporary elements.
Want to witness a fierce and fresh take on one of the world’s greatest love stories? You can nab tickets to Romeo and Juliet through La Boite Theatre.