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Romeo & Juliet reviews

George Caple & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
George Caple & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“Dean Nolan’s anarchic, genuinely dangerous Mercutio is such a pleasure”
“Liverpool brings zing and bling to gay love story”
“Visually stunning show”

The Guardian

George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
George Caple, Zelina Rebeiro & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“Kingsley and Caple gave it absolutely everything they’ve got”
“Breathtaking fight scenes”
“Richard Bremmer injects a lot of class with his turn as Friar Laurence”
“Turning Shakespeare’s classic romance into a gay love story is a refreshing move”
“It’s an engaging theatre event which will have audience members dissecting the action far beyond the foyer.”

Liverpool Echo

Tom Kanji & Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Tom Kanji & Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“The Everyman Rep Company have done it again. They began the season with the 5-star Fiddler On The Roof and they are ending it with a 5-star Romeo & Juliet. Bravo!”
Good News Liverpool

Richard Bremmer & George Caple in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Richard Bremmer & George Caple in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“This poignant production is exceptionally directed by Nick Bagnall, whose vision channels through an exceptional cast.”
“…it can be said that audiences have fallen in love with the Everyman’s production of Romeo and Juliet. It is undoubtedly the theatrical masterpiece of the century and one that will forever remain in my memory.”
The Lowdown Magazine

Dean Nolan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Dean Nolan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“An absolute delight”
“A perfect ending to the first modern Everyman Rep Company outing”
“Nick Bagnall and the Everyman Theatre team have served up an absolute delight”
“The beauty of the performance is held together by George Caple and Elliott Kingsley”
“Sublime acting by George Caple as Romeo”
“Nick Bagnall’s troupe of players gave such great heart, spirit and sense of wonder that in truth it will be hard to ever match this production again”

Liverpool Sound & Vision

Dean Nolan & Melanie La Barrie in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Dean Nolan & Melanie La Barrie in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

★★★★
"Quite a spectacle"
"A vibrant, visceral production, full of energy and ideas"
"If you’re acquainted with any Shakespeare-hating teenagers, try taking them to see this"
"Dean Nolan is perfect as Romeo’s hotheaded, beer-swilling pal Mercutio"
"Melanie La Barrie is excellent as the comically garrulous Nurse"
"Richard Bremner caps a string of fine performances with a memorable turn as Friar Laurence"

Merseysider Magazine

Asha Kingsley & Melanie La Barrie in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Asha Kingsley & Melanie La Barrie in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

★★★★★
“Electrifying”
"A raging, visceral and deeply compelling view of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers"
"George Caple and Elliott Kingsley give fiercely passionate performances as Romeo and Julius, and are surrounded by a tremendous cast"
"Kev McCurdy’s movement and fight direction is astounding"
"A spectacular conclusion to the Everyman’s company season"

The Stage

Dean Nolan, Isobel Balchin & Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Dean Nolan, Isobel Balchin & Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“Vivacity, swagger and attitude to burn”
“Unrestrained and defiant”
“Gorgeous singing, delicious comedy and moving compassion from Melanie La Barrie
“Dean Nolan is a terrific Mercutio, bear-like and bearded, clad in a kilt and bovver boots, toting a whisky bottle or a pair of nunchucks, and turning cartwheels as effortlessly as he tosses about booze-soaked witticisms “
“Livewire sparkiness and a freewheeling brio”
“Ragged, exuberant glamour”

The Times

 

★★★★
“The future looks good with so much talent in the ranks – youth working with experience... it always pays off.”
“They are demanding roles for any actor but these two talented stars-in-the-making rise to the challenge.”
"Again we see the Everyman being brave, bold and breaking the mould”
“There are fine performances from Richard Bremner as Friar Laurence and Melanie La Barrie as the scene-stealing nurse.”
“Dean Nolan is at his vociferous, agile and expressive best as Mercutio.”
“Congratulations to the exciting YEP (Young Everyman Playhouse) who really are outstanding with their contribution including: Principles, Isobel Balchin (Benvolio) and Alice Corrigan (Baltashar); the Woman’s chorus and the 25 strong-actors.”

Wirral Globe

George Caple & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
George Caple & Elliott Kingsley in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

“The injection of youthful cut and thrust gives the impressive set-pieces a jolt of dangerous energy”
“A seething mass of talent from the Everyman's youth wing joins the 14 rep company regulars for the season's Shakespearean climax”
“If you like a few whirling nunchucks with your Shakespeare, it's still got plenty of clout”
“Dean Nolan rounds off a brilliant run of Everyman performances, and it's a shame this is his last transformation of the season”
“Melanie La Barrie is irresistible”
“Richard Bremmer's Friar Laurence is measured and precise”

What’s On Stage

Tom Kanji in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Tom Kanji in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

★★★★★
“This piece however, is a credit to Nick Bagnall’s direction and the Company’s immense grit at being able to take-on any show with professionalism and huge doses of fun.”
“This truly is a piece of theatre well worth seeing and a refreshing take on one of Shakespeare’s finest works.”

Writing by Seán

Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton
Alice Corrigan in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Gary Calton

★★★★★
“The relationship between the two men is convincing, raw and passionate”
“Nolan’s Mercutio will make you mourn the death of Romeo’s beloved friend even more and long to go back in time to convince Shakespeare himself to keep Mercutio alive”
“There is no weak link in this cast”
“This production challenges our expectations even further with the portrayal of a homosexual relationship between Romeo and Julius; both of which are played exceptionally by George Caple and Elliott Kingsley.”

North West End

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