Tragic love story gets the Globe treatment

Globe Theatre is returning to Alnwick later this year with Romeo and Juliet.

Globe Theatre is returning to Alnwick later this year with Romeo and Juliet.

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The touring arm of one of the world’s most famous theatres is back on the road this spring, with four performances in north Northumberland.

The Globe Theatre On Tour presents Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy Romeo and Juliet at the Alnwick Playhouse in the week leading up to Easter.

There are 7.30pm performances on Tuesday, March 31, Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2, with a 2pm matinee on the Thursday as well.

Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, by a small troupe of travelling players, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

For those that don’t know the plot, violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet.

Despite this, and the fact Juliet has been promised to another, they fall in love.

But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between their families and tragedy begins to unfold.

The tour opens in North Wales later this month before coming to Alnwick then back down south, making it one of the only stops in the north of England.

It comes on the back of the Globe company bringing Much Ado About Nothing to the venue around the same time last year.

Our reviewer made ‘much ado about a fantastic night of theatre’.

The two performances in 2014 both sold out, but this time around, there are four performances and tickets are selling well for all of them.

Tickets, costing £20.50, £21.50 premier, £19.50 conc and £10 child, are available from the Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785 or at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk

To celebrate the production of Romeo & Juliet, the Globe Education team is excited to be offering in-school workshops throughout the UK for all stages and abilities.

For more information, visit shakespearesglobe.com/outreach or contact eibhlish.f@shakespearesglobe.com