ANNOUNCEMENT (19 March 2020): in response to government advice on the Covid-19 situation, regretfully this tour (which was due to commence on 20 March 2020) has been cancelled for the immediate future. We are working with the company and venues involved to explore rescheduled dates. Full statement here.
With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least.
Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
Directed by Olivier Award-nominated Ben Duke, Juliet & Romeo takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.
‘The work is pure pleasure as Duke and his partner, Solène Weinachter, dance and talk their way through a blissfully wry, subverted version of Romeo and Juliet.’ Judith Mackrell (The Guardian)
★★★★★ ‘Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour’ (The Stage)
★★★★ ‘Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy’ (The Independent)
Conceived and directed by Ben Duke
Devised by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter
Associate Director Raquel Meseguer
Lighting Design Jackie Shemesh
Set & Costume Design James Perkins
Production Manager Dave Sherman
Executive Producer Daisy Drury
Producers Emily Smith and Hattie Gregory
Running time: approximately 80 minutes. There is no interval
Age recommendation: 13+
Promotional photo by: Zoe Manders
Production photos (Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet and Romeo, 2018 ROH) by: Tristram Kenton.
Juliet and Romeo is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts with development time supported by Oval House through FiRST BiTES. Ben Duke is a Work Place artist. Lost Dog is supported by Farnham Maltings.
house is presenting a number of dates on a wider UK tour. house is delivered by Farnham Maltings and funded by Arts Council England
Full tour details at Lost Dog Dance