by William Shakespeare.

Separated by their fathers' bitter rivalry, Juliet and Romeo experience a first love that is truly forbidden.

In the long hot summer they pray for the private night to be alone - away from the blistering passions of masculine honour and the viscous cycle of violence brought on by their families' ongoing feud. In this cruel adult world of pride, envy and greed, youth and innocence have no place, and Romeo and Juliet must go to desperate measures to be together.

Love&Madness are pleased to welcome Owen Horsley onboard to direct. After three years with Cheek by Jowl, his recent Edward II got rave reviews in London:

"Horsley's 90-minute adaptation is well paced, and focuses intriguingly on father and son relationships. A portrait of Edward I glowers down, as if watching his son make a terrible hash of things; as Edward II's own young son becomes a political pawn in Mortimer's plotting, the gravitational pull of Edward III away from his mother, Isabella, towards his father becomes stronger. What few sympathies that are aroused here are with the doomed king ...  In one stunning theatrical moment, the young prince stares into the future while simultaneously appearing to bear witness to his father's death." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Director Owen Horsley keeps the play moving with an inexorable and accelerating swiftness that underlines its theme of inevitable fate." Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage

Owen Horsley trained at Drama Centre London. Theatre includes : As Director Edward II by Christopher Marlowe (St Andrew's Crypt) The Insect Play by The Kapek Brothers (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) As Assistant Director Troilus and Cressida (Cheek by Jowl, Barbican) Cymbeline (Cheek by Jowl, Barbican) The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (Cheek by Jowl, Barbican) Film includes Suddenly (Third Wheel Productions)

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will tour until April 2010.

Any interest from Venues should be expressed to Neil Sheppeck at

  blah Photos from Romeo and Juliet (click on the pictures to see large versions)