TWO of Shakespeare’s classic plays come to The Epstein Theatre from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 21 April. Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream form an ambitious and alternating repertoire, which sees the cast perform the two plays back to back in the same day.
Recently announced James Ledsham and Faye Griffiths, who will be playing the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, will be joined by a plethora of Liverpool’s finest acting talent.
Several cast members are set to reprise their roles, and fresh faces join the team, as Daniel Taylor’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns by popular demand, alongside a new adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, set in 1880s strife-torn Protestant and Catholic Liverpool.
Produced and directed by Blood Brothers and West End star Daniel Taylor, the settings have been chosen to resonate with modern audiences and appeal in particular to newcomers to Shakespeare’s work.
Relocating Shakespeare’s classic from fair Verona to 1880s Liverpool, Trisha Duffy’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet explores the destructive impact of religious sectarianism close to home. In this adaptation, two star-crossed lovers are caught between their feuding noble families, the Catholic Montagues and Protestant Capulets, resulting in tragic consequences. Passionate young love and the destructive impact of divided communities are prominent themes in this fresh adaptation of what is widely regarded as the greatest love story of all time.
The Epstein’s first ever production of a Shakespeare play, which also saw Daniel in his first directorial role, Daniel Taylor Productions’ 2017 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, received rave reviews and engaged audiences of all ages. Adapted by Helen Jeffrey, this production is high energy and laugh-out-loud, Shakespeare’s effervescent comedy with all the vitality of its earliest performances.
Producer Daniel Taylor said: “We’re thrilled to welcome back a whole host of brilliant local actors who helped make such a success of the Epstein Theatre’s first ever Shakespeare production last year, and we are also delighted to bring some incredibly talented and driven new additions to a magical team.”
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-OchaGCfpQ
A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Romeo and Juliet
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
Wednesday 11 April: 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet
Thursday 12 April: 1.30pm Romeo and Juliet /7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday 13 April: 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet
Saturday 14 April: 1.30pm Romeo and Juliet /7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream (post show Q&A)
Tuesday 17 April: 7.30pm Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday 18 April: 1.30pm Romeo and Juliet /7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday 19 April: 1.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream /7.30pm Romeo and Juliet
Friday 20 April: 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday 21 April: 1.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream /7.30pm Romeo and Juliet (post show Q&A)
£16 Matinee Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
£18 Evening Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
£16 Matinee Friday
£21 Evening Friday
£19 Matinee Saturday
£21 Evening Saturday
£26 Two Show Off Peak Ticket
£32 Two Show Peak Ticket
School Workshop plus Ticket £20 and 1 in 10 go free
School group booking 1 in 10 go free
To book tickets call 0844 888 4411* or go online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk * or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm – 6pm Monday – Thursday and 12pm-6pm Friday – Saturday.
*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy