An Original Salida Productions and Mercury Theatre Co-production
A daring new production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet premiered in 2010 at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.
The seven-piece orchestra Astillero from Buenos Aires and an international company of actors weave their spell and the events of Shakespeare’s classic tale unfold.
The lovers’ decline is seen not as fate but as a deliberate act of orchestration. The musicians come together expressly to tell this story, and to control the destiny and forces acting upon the characters. When they begin to play, it is they who create the world of the story. They bring the lovers together, and they ultimately bring about their deaths. The furious energy of the original Tango music and movement reflects the downward spiral of Romeo and Juliet’s ill-fated love.
"Sensual, sensational and breathtaking immediacy. An imaginative, re-imagined evening."
“An exciting and modern version of a classic tale. Astillero are superb. This is something new, with never a dull moment. Shakespeare can take it.”
Fast paced, lively show. It is the orchestra who push the tragedy to its conclusion.
Astillero make this an amazing production.
The whole multinational cast throbs with exciting intensity.
Brilliantly original. The cast are superb. The music pulsated through the production.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Romeo and Juliet was first performed at the Mercury Theatre Colchester as a co-production between Salida Productions and The Mercury Theatre Colchester on 25th February 2010.
The original cast were:
Romeo: Gus Gallagher
Juliet: Maria Victoria Di Pace
Friar and Montague: Keith Dunphy
Nurse: Shuna Snow
Lady Capulet: Gina Issac
Capulet: Ian Pirie
Tybalt: Ed Hughes
Mercutio: Javier Alcina
Benvolio and Paris: Luciano Dodero
Rosaline: Andrea Pelaez
Luciano Falcon (cello)
Mariano Gonzalez Calo (bandoneon)
Federico Maiocchi (double bass)
Julián Peralta (piano)
Javier Sara (bandoneon)
Miguel Suarez (singer)
Martijn Van Der Linden (violin)
Director: Ed Hughes
Composer: Julián Peralta
Associate Director and Designer: Michael Vale
Associate Producer: Douglas McJannet.
Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone
Sound Designer: Gurjit Dhinsa
Video Designer: Alejandro Diez
Movement Direcor: Andrea Pelaez
Choreography: Andrea Pelaez
Fight Director: Philip D’Orleans