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Review: Romeo & Juliet, Bacon Theatre

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

By Nathan Glasspool

The Icarus Theatre Collective perform Romeo and Juliet

The Icarus Theatre Collective perform Romeo and Juliet

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A MODEST, predominantly female cast, provided an entertaining performance of the classic Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

I was keen to see how the cast had adapted this well-known tale of romance, ancient feuds and misadventure and I was not disappointed by the two hours on their stage.

Using simplistic sets depicting a Verona scene, the highly-acclaimed Icarus Theatre Collective's engaging performance stayed faithful to the original stage play in both content and style.

There were some interesting adaptations, such as the part of Tybalt being changed to a female role.

The show got off to a gripping start with a strong, comedic opening and the humour was continued throughout with energetic performances from the characters of Mercutio and Nurse.

There was a sparkling chemistry between the star-crossed lovers, which added romance to this classic tale of love and tragedy.

I particularly enjoyed the cleverly choreographed sword fights and classic masked ball scene in which the couple first meet.

The cast made good use of the whole stage, and created atmosphere with spotlights that focused the audience's attention upon the intimate scenes.

The cast gave effortlessly convincing performances throughout.

With a final scene that set the auditorium in a quiet hush, I left the Bacon Theatre reflecting on a truly great performance.

Romeo and Juliet is a fantastic show for all ages and one I highly recommend you go and see.

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