Free pre-concert event: Shakespeare400

Free pre-concert event: Shakespeare400

Think you know Romeo and Juliet?

6:00 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

How well do you know Romeo and Juliet? Generations of students, obliged to read Romeo and Juliet at school, often in their very early teens, have tended not to think of it as a complicated play – and in many ways it is perfect for our younger years: it is fast-moving, funny, engaging, tragic, sentimental, sexy, and colourful. Yet Romeo and Juliet is also a play that, as you progress through life, repays repeated revisiting. In this illuminating talk, Professor Gordon McMullan, Academic Director of Shakespeare400, will address some of the myths associated with Romeo and Juliet. With help from a group of actors, McMullan will show us how different the play can be – in its attitude to the generations, to violence, to politics, to sex – to that which tradition has led us to believe.

Actors (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
Tom Lincoln
Eva Feiler
Charlie Bate 
Ed Sayer

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