“Juliet & Romeo” Trailer
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“Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour.”
– The Stage
“Insightful, funny and rich. Smoulders with equal parts lust and loathing.”
– Time Out London
“Duke’s handling of this material is beautifully assured. His writing is fast, inventive and smart. Pure pleasure.”
– The Guardian
“Here is Romeo & Juliet told in technicolour words and movement: a death-defying, life-affirming, alchemical experiment re-shaping this iconic story of love and death into something far more ordinary.” – Ben Duke, Artistic Director, Lost Dog
Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo reveals the real story of Shakespeare’s most revered couple. In this version, Romeo and Juliet didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding. They grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least.
Now Romeo and Juliet are 40ish. At least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis. They feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and are haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance in front of a live audience – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
Directed by Olivier Award-nominated Ben Duke, Juliet & Romeo takes on our obsession with youth and the inevitable issues with romantic longevity.
Lost Dog are an award-winning dance theatre company headed by Artistic Director Ben Duke. Their critically acclaimed work, Juliet & Romeo which continue to tour in 2019/2020 following the successful tour of the work across 2017 & 2018 (★★★★★ ‘Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy’- The Guardian). The work is broadly based on Shakespeare’s deeply pessimistic love story and explores whether our culture’s celebration of youth creates unrealistic expectations around love, sex and relationships.
It is a duet performed by two dancers, by Juliet and Romeo, a humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.
Lost Dog’s previous work, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) based on Milton’s epic poem, premiered at Battersea Arts Centre in May 2015 as part of A Nation’s Theatre and went on to run at Summerhall as part the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the whole of August 2015 where it received high critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category.
Ben is Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog. He trained at Guildford School of Acting, the London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. His work is an attempt to reconcile those three subjects.
In 1997 Ben saw Alain Platel’s show Bernadetje at the Newcastle Playhouse and has been trying to re-create the feeling of confusion and joy he had while watching that piece in his own artistic practice. The majority of his artistic output has been within Lost Dog.