The young thespians, all pupils at St Peter’s School in York, have taken to the stage in thoroughly modern dress; appropriate for a thoroughly modern production. Here the famous love story almost takes a supporting role, the focus instead being on the hatred, violence and ultimate folly of the Montague-Capulet feud.
Jo Lawrence, Head of English at St Peter’s and Director of the play, said: “The play has a large cast of 32 – mostly fourth form with some third form.
“We’ve focused around the ridiculousness and explosive nature of all the fighting, with the line ‘What’s in a name?’ possibly being the most important, as it exemplifies the stupidity of the feud.”
Preparations started in December for the production, with the hard work and dedication of the young actors being rewarded by sold out seats. Demand was so high that an additional preview night was added.