London | Summer 2018
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, audiences were divided into two noble families and joined to celebrate the Truce of Two Houses.
However, ancient family feuds surfaced and peace was short-lived. Star-crossed lovers and bitter foes danced the night away and saw their violent delights turn swiftly into violent ends.
The Capulet Ball
The Capulets certainly knew how to throw a party! While this was exclusively a Capulet-only ball, this didn’t stop brave (or foolish) Montagues from sneaking in…
Belting out 90's classics
Boasting an iconic soundtrack, with the likes of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ and ‘Lovefool’, Montagues and Capulets alike wereaccompanied by a gospel choir to sing along to these ‘90s classics.
Brawls broke out across the city, so chaotic they required the interference of Friar Lawrence and the LAPD. Did you get involved in any dance battles or riveting car chases?
The emotional epic finale
As Montagues and Capulets gathered to watch the modern masterpiece from Baz Luhrmann where it all began, the action unfurled around them in a grand finale of the star-crossed lovers.
Best night out we’ve had in 10 years. We all agreed that we could easily do it all again.
…an exceptionally imaginative event. I was mesmerised.
Must be lived. Five stars.
So much attention to detail, so much to see and do. I bet you could go every night and have a different experience.
The party of the summer
The best and most magical so far
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An extraordinary night and an incredible atmosphere
The issue of youth violence remains as relevant in London today as it did in Shakespeare’s fair Verona. This was at the heart of the production as we partnered with MAC-UK, a charity advocating “music and change” to prevent street violence, alienation, in equality and exclusion in London. Thanks to the donations, MAC-UK will continue their citywide work to engage with gang afflicted young people and help them propose solutions to the problems they face in their own community. Young people are not the problem, they are the solution.
With a particular focus on empowering young people, we invited the local community to be part of our productions in various stages. This included:
- A free immersive event on the production stages of Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet for young people in the area.
- A 3 week filmmaking programme for 12 young people in the area. The participants were provided with the guidance and resources to make a 3 minute short film inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
- An immersive workshop programme, with members of its production team.
- A free community screening for up to 500 local residents on the production stages of Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.