Barbican Theatre hosts Open Air Production of Romeo & Juliet

“Do you remember your first love? Was it to die for?” 

Romeo & Juliet (Giorgio Kays & Holly Hewat) credit Gemma Ward Photography

Photo Credit: Gemma Ward Photography.

This summer, Barbican Theatre will be hosting their enchanted open air production of Romeo & Juliet at the Royal William Yard; sponsored by none other than Plymouth Audi, the show is undoubtedly going to be a huge success with the timeless love story being performed by an intimate cast of eight. The small eclectic group is comprised of inspirational new comers from our beautiful South West region. Intriguingly enough, some of these cast members will be playing multiple roles; an artistic direction I’m excited to see play out.

Introducing Giorgio Kays and Holly Hewat as the title roles of Romeo and Juliet (pictured above), the duo – who interact with endearing chemistry – will be supported by 6 other cast members; Owen Lewis, JJ McCol, Connor Reed, Kate Hunter, Mark Jardine and Nix Rosewarne. All eight cast members have had extensive professional training and been featured in various stage productions and events such as Of Mice and Men, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spice Box 2015.

When creating the revitalised production, director Mark Laville wanted it to be accessible to the masses and a showcase for the beautiful spaces Britain’s Ocean City has to offer us throughout the summer.


Photo Credit: Gemma Ward Photography.

“The whole point of producing Shakespeare outdoors is to showcase and animate the city’s extraordinary spaces in the summer. We want to develop the ‘Made in Plymouth’ brand with productions of the highest quality using the resources on our doorstep. It’s also about offering cultural activity to the Plymouth public and visitors to the city, which is accessible, enjoyale and affordable. It’s designed not just for regular theatre go-ers or ‘Shakespeare buffs’, but more importantly for people who want to come to an extraordinary event in an extraordinary place in Britain’s Ocean City”. 

I’m personally enthralled to have the opportunity to see the performance – there’s a distinct romanticism to seeing such a timeless classic being performed as the sun goes down in one of Plymouth’s beautiful outdoor spots. The multiracial casting of the couple is also an aspect that I find delightfully refreshing, and I’m really intrigued to see how such a small cast interact with one another. This classic Shakespearean tale is a masterpiece that either soars or plummets in terms of adaptation, and I’m truly rooting for the dynamic cast to take their concept and run with it.

Last year Barbican Theatre hosted A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Royal William Yard, and the reviews were absolutely fantastic. “A wonderful production, highly entertaining and amusing. We saw the performance in the Secret Garden at the Royal William Yard and the evening was magical. I would highly recommend this company.”

After being warmly invited by Barbican Theatre, I’ll be watching and reviewing the VIP showing of the production on August 11th, so make sure you keep an eye out for my upcoming blog!

“This performance is for anyone who has ever said “I love you” or “I hate you”, for anyone who has even been a teenager, a parent, or is planning to be either!”

Book your tickets for Barbican Theatre’s Open Air Production of Romeo & Juliet here:

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Adults – £14

Concessions – £11 (under 16s, students and over 60s)

Family – £44 (2 adults, 2 children)

Buy 10 tickets and get the eleventh free!

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