A modern take on a Romeo and Juliet

Boc Clever give Shakespeare a 21st Century take EMN-140317-090752001
Boc Clever give Shakespeare a 21st Century take EMN-140317-090752001
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Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet is given a 21st Century take at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre next week.

In 2013, Louth Playgoers entered into a unique partnership with London-based theatre company Box Clever to bring theatre to the young people of the area.

With funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, the company worked in partnership with Louth Playgoers’ Riverhead Theatre to perform to 3,488 young people and adults at the theatre and in 13 schools across Lincolnshire.

Now, with a live DJ on set and a skilful intertwining of Shakespeare’s classic text and modern language, Box Clever bring the story of these star-crossed lovers is brought to life on Tuesday, March 25.

Adapted by Box Clever’s Artistic Director, Michael Wicherek, the company’s production is specifically designed to excite younger audiences.

A cast of three bring the dynamic three-dimensional steel set to life in this exciting piece of physical theatre.

Taking the role of young Romeo is David Ajao. This talented actor has been in great demand since graduating from Rose Bruford College, starring in theatre roles with the Oval House and Old Vic as well as acquiring film credits to his name.

Carl Chambers returns to work with Box Clever once more this time as the Narrator, expertly weaving the story together and bringing to life key characters from Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy such as the Nurse, Friar Lawrence and Mercutio.

Their passionate love and the risks the lovers take find visual expression in the dynamic set and the journey to their ultimate tragedy is accompanied by live music from DJ and musician Virgil Howe.

Tickets for the performance, which starts at 7pm, are £8 for adults and £5 for under 18s.

Book with the Box Office on Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm, phone 01507 600350, or at www.louthplaygoers.com