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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Ludlow Castle - Ludlow Festival 50th Year
Rougemont Gardens Exeter

Romeo and Juliet will be presented in the ruins of Ludlow Castle from Saturday 20 June to Saturday 4 July prior to Rougemont Gardens Exeter from Thurs 16 July to Sat 9Aug. The press performances are on Mon 22 June & Tues 23 June 8.00pm. This production is presented by Exeter Northcott in association with Ludlow Festival.

Liam Bergin will play Romeo, Matti Houghton is Juliet: Philippa Peak plays the Nurse, Michael Jenn Friar Laurence, Pieter Lawman Mercutio, Jack Sandle Tybalt.

Other cast include Rachel Sanders Lady Capulet, Stephen Billington Capulet,Charlie Anson Benvolio, Thomas Brownlee Paris, Mark Carey Montague, Gregory Finnegan Prince.

The director is Kate Saxon, with design by Libby Watson, composition and sound by Dominic Haslam, lighting by Tony Simpson, fight director Danny McGrath.

The heat is on in Verona, as two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet are caught up in street fights, family disputes and a romantic plot that goes badly wrong. Shakespeare’s perennial love story is his most vividly poetic romantic tragedy, a classic for all time.

Liam Bergin will be seen in ‘Trinity’ a new ITV autumn series with Charles Dance and Claire Skinner. Matti Houghton has just played the title role in ‘Antigone’ at the Royal Exchange. In 2007 she was in ‘Kebab’ at The Theatre Upstairs/Royal Court. She was also in ‘Shared Experience’s ‘Kindertransport’ at Hampstead/tour and in many plays directed by Anna Mackmin at the National. Michael Jenn was in ‘Othello’ at the Donmar 2008. He has been in many productions with the RSC, Cheek by Jowl and with Steven Berkoff. Philippa Peak received best Actress Award Manchester Eve News 07 for her role as Amanda in ‘Private Lives’ at the Library Theatre Manchester. Kate Saxon’s recent directing credits include ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ for English Touring Theatre and ‘Chains of Dew’ at the Orange Tree last year. She has directed many opera productions in the US and the UK and 3 productions at the Exeter Northcott. Libby Watson has designed many shows with Kate Saxon.

There has been a radical redesign of the seating to create a new thrust stage at Ludlow Castle. It is the third time Romeo and Juliet has been seen at the Ludlow Festival in the last 50 years.

Ludlow Castle Sat 20 Jun – Sat 4
Press Perf Mon 22 & Tues 23 June 8.00pm
Running Time 2hrs 45 mins
Mons – Sats 8.00pm
Mats Weds & Sats 2.30pm
Prices £16.00 - £28.00

15 May 2009