New National Theatre version of Romeo and Juliet to be performed at Camden primary schools
PUBLISHED: 20:11 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:06 11 June 2013
A new youth adaptation of Romeo and Juliet produced by the National Theatre will be performed at two Camden primary schools before opening on the Southbank this summer.
It has been created for young audiences aged eight and over by writer Ben Power and director Bijan Sheibani.
It will be performed at Brecknock Primary School in Camden Town and Netley Primary School in Euston as part of a tour of 27 schools across London.
The performances will take place alongside workshops led by National Theatre specialists that will use storytelling techniques and rehearsal room exercises to explore the play.
Mr Sheibani said: “We’ve basically made Shakespeare simpler for a new audience, so it sounds like modern English. We’ve tried to make it as vibrant and accessible as possible. We have a very young cast who are all in tune with what young people like.”
The play will open at the National Theatre on July 24.