A tragedy strikes at the heart

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Rehearsals are well underway at the Theatre Royal for Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet.

The in-house production opens a week after Valentine’s Day.

Crashing a party he knows he shouldn’t be at, young Romeo’s heart is stolen by the beautiful Juliet, daughter of his father’s greatest enemy.

But as night gives way to day, the heat of young love gives way to ancient hatred, and tragedy is destined to tear these doomed lovers apart.

Starring Craig Vye (Hollyoaks) as Romeo, and Hannah Edwards as Juliet, and featuring stirring live Italian folk music, this new production of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy strikes at the heart of the conflicts and contrasts of human existence, exploring comedy and despair, reserve and rashness, and of course, hatred and love.

The cast, joined by a wonderful chorus of local young musicians and actors, are in the midst of a three and a half week rehearsal period before they bring the show to the Theatre Royal stage for the first time on February 21. It will then run until 9 March.

To follow the production process online, find the Theatre Royal on Facebook, or search #PalmToPalm on Twitter.