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Romeo & Juliet

National Tour
Autumn 2012 - Spring 2013
A co-production with King's Theatre, Southsea
Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Violent delights have violent ends...

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Darlington & Stockton Times - Christina McIntyre

"Youthful vitality and colourful interpretation brought the Bard’s most famous tragedy to life".
"The lovers’ first meeting at the ball perfectly captured the transcendental nature of the play’s pivotal moment".
"The swordfighting scenes were fast and furious, and Romeo’s vengeful murder of Tibalt was gruesomely executed amid a fountain of blood".
"The subtlety with which Romeo and Juliet’s secret wedding night tryst was portrayed added style and depth to the performance, yet lost nothing of the burning adolescent desire driving them".
"The star performer of this piece was Gemma Barrett".
"Bawdy, hysterical, neurotic and histrionic".
"Equally capable of creating euphoria and devastation".
"A fresh and invigorating version of this time-honoured romantic tragedy".

 

The Good Reviews -

"The casting in this Icarus Theatre Collective production emphasises just how young the principal characters are".
"Dubois is a perfect moody teenager".
"Anderson’s Juliet is an unnervingly childlike presence, albeit one armed with a voice that’s as pure and clear as a bell, effortlessly filling the auditorium".
"Gabrielle Dempsey as Tybalt... we get a spirited, steely young woman, driven by principle and family loyalty".
"The fateful clash between Romeo and Tybalt is particularly impressive and bloody, drawing gasps of shock".
"David McLaughlin is particularly impressive".
"Gemma Barrett’s Nurse proves a hit with the audience. She stomps around the stage, a bawdy, big-hearted, cackling bundle of energy. Which makes her grief, as the tragedy unfolds around her, all the more raw and real".
"Christopher Smart is well cast".
"Georgina Periam has a nicely cool, contained but brittle quality as Lady Capulet".

 

This is Gloucestershire - Nathan Glasspool

"The show got off to a gripping start".
"There was a sparkling chemistry between the star-crossed lovers".
"I particularly enjoyed the cleverly choreographed sword fights and classic masked ball scene in which the couple first meet".
"The cast made good use of the whole stage, and created atmosphere with spotlights that focused the audience's attention upon the intimate scenes".
"Effortlessly convincing performances throughout".
"With a final scene that set the auditorium in a quiet hush, I left the Bacon Theatre reflecting on a truly great performance".
"A fantastic show for all ages and one I highly recommend you go and see".


This is South Wales - Mark Rees

"Icarus's productions soar".
"Passionately delivered".
"Casting Gabrielle Dempsey in the role of a notorious hot-blooded young man added a new angle to the performance".
"
Icarus served up two thoroughly compelling productions that, while similar in their outcomes, couldn't have been more different in their delivery".

 

West Sussex Gazette

"Dubois’s Shakespeare script tripped off the tongue as if it were his native language".
"Anderson’s best shone through".
"The most colourful characters were Juliet’s Nurse and (Gemma Barrett) and Mercutio (David McLaughlin)".
"McLaughlin, who also took the role of Friar Lawrence, played Romeo’s right hand man Mercutio as the fun loving, but loyal best friend".

 

About My Area

"This production of Romeo & Juliet was by far one of the greatest I have ever seen!"
"Certain twists throughout made for real thought-provoking entertainment".
"This worked sensationally well".
"[Gemma Barrett's] performance, be it comical or dramatic, shone through in every scene she embarked on".
"Consistently brilliant throughout".
"Exceptional".
"Mercutio (David McLaughlin), played superbly to the character".
"Shakespeare lovers, and those not familiar with his work, will find this production an amazing piece of art, bringing one of the greatest examples of British literature to life on stage".
"I thoroughly recommend you make this the one play you must see!"

 

The Northern Echo, Helen Brown


"Icarus Theatre Collective have bathed the story in gentle light".
"The company make perfect sense of Shakespeare’s tricky language".
"Leaving the audience breathless".
"All the actors under Max Lewendel’s careful direction have a vibrant energy, particularly David McLaughlin’s witty performance of the anti-hero Mercutio".
"A lovely performance of a very youthful Juliet from Katrina Gibson, and her nurse Gemma Barrett spills over with energetic exuberance".
"A huge mention to Zachary Holton, for his masterful performance of Lord Capulet and his beautiful lighting".

 

Lynn News - Lucy Ruthnum

"A fresh take on the Bard’s classic".
"Their youth brought energy and urgency to the play in a way that I had not seen before".
"The cast had great chemistry".
"My favourite scene in the play is always Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech".

Chris Holden Review

"Energetic yet thoughtful, boisterous yet meticulously rehearsed".
"Perfect really for the coach-load of school kids who giggled and gasped throughout the performance, and stamped and cheered at its climax".
"Their tragedy unfolded on a flimsy island of light before an infinite and brutally indifferent cosmos".
"They say you're getting old when police officers start looking young? Well the actors playing Romeo and Juliet made my back ache. Their youthful energy against a dark background added a poignancy to this play that I think I'd missed in my younger days. Perhaps we can only appreciate this tragedy when we're too old to live it".
"The verse was very good. I heard every word, which is always the most important thing for me".
"Director Max Lewendel had evidently taken his direction from the text".
"Juliet in particular was excellent. Finding an actor who combines the fragility and vitality of youth with the gravity of Juliet's intellectual greatness is absurdly difficult".
"I found Gabrielle Dempsey's casting as Tybalt most fascinating".
"Catch it before it's gone!"

 

Team Locals


"What a relief it was to see the Icarus Theatre Collective putting on such a wonderful adaptation".
"What really stood out was how Icarus exploited the two halves of the play (pre-interlude and post-interlude) to set two entirely different tones".
"Romeo and Juliet steal the spotlight".
"Tragedy floods in while the tears flood out".
"Juliet’s soliloquies were spoken boldly and emotively, and the chemistry between the pair had me pining for them".
"Icarus chose to trim the fat, per se, and only leave in the juiciest bits".
"A rollercoaster rendering of the play that dragged the audience on a fast-paced soul-stirring ride".
"We were served the raw romance, action, and tragedy in speedy succession".
"Enchantingly unexpected".
"Awesome”.

"I became so engrossed in it all that it came as a shock to me at the end when I realised the cast was comprised of a mere eight actors!"
"The technical side of things went flawlessly".
"Props to Icarus Theatre Collective for putting on such a fantastic show".

British Theatre Guide by Helen Brown


"Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text".
"All the actors in this production have a vibrant energy".
"The polish of talent untarnished and shining like new silver".
"I hadn’t realised how much sex Shakespeare had hidden in this love story, but Lewendel has found every reference, plus a few extra inventions of his own".
"The fight scenes between Mercutio and Tybalt are extraordinary".
"I particularly liked David McLaughlin’s quick-witted, skittish performance of the anti-romantic, Mercutio".
"Katrina Gibson gives a delicate childlike performance as Juliet".
"I did like the traditional touch when Friar Laurence marries the two star-struck lovers as he uses a cord to bind them together, literally and emotionally tying the knot".
"Gemma Barrett’s Nurse is overflowing with exuberance, each entrance full of brilliant breathless angst, and her passion for the lewd and sexual is played with great comic timing".
"There is so much to like about this production".
"Holton also plays Lord Capulet with great presence".
"Tybalt, a rather gorgeous smokey-eyed Gabrielle Dempsey".
"Excellent".

 

Take on the Road by Lauren Razavi


"The Icarus Theatre should certainly be proud of an accomplished and very entertaining interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic".
"The set design and lighting were a welcome focal point of the stage".
"Beautiful".
"I really loved everything about the layout and logistics of this performance".
"An excellent take on a globally-renowned tale of true love and true loss, and a very enjoyable night out".

 

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