The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, following A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).

What if your first true love was someone you’d been told to hate?

Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, two young people will risk everything to be together.

The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution or will division continue to tear through generations?

Set in a world very like our own, this RSC Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of the parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences.

This play was written in 1595-6 and is set in Verona, Italy, at a time when a long standing feud between two noble families – the Montagues and the Capulets – constantly breaks out into brawling on the streets. Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona, threatens terrible punishment on anyone who takes part in further violence.

Romeo Montague is hopelessly in love with the unattainable Rosaline and, in an attempt to cure his lovesick misery, his friends persuade him to go disguised to a party at the home of his family’s sworn enemies, the Capulets. Romeo reluctantly agrees to go when he learns that Rosaline has been invited.

At the party, he meets Juliet, only daughter of the Capulets, and not even knowing each other’s names, they fall instantly in love. Juliet’s hot-headed cousin, Tybalt, has spotted Romeo and his friends but is prevented from challenging them by her father, Old Capulet. He does not wish to see his party disrupted, and speaks well of Romeo’s reputation in Verona.

Directed by Erica Whyman | Designed by Tom Piper | Lighting by Charles Balfour | Music by Sophie Cotton | Movement by Ayse Tashkiran | Fights by Kate Waters


Famous Quotes – Romeo and Juliet

Stage History – A guide through the stage history of Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare’s time to the present day.

  • Evenings
  • £20 to £25
  • Matinees
  • £20
  • Concessions
  • £3 Off
  • 18to26s
  • £12.50 (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability)
  • Schools
  • £10.50 (Tue to Fri incl Mat)
  • Group 10+
  • £4 Off
  • Group 20+
  • £5 Off
  • The RSC Romeo and Juliet includes these accessibility options

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