Rosie Kay’s new re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.
Fierce and uncompromising, Rosie Kay researched with Birmingham young people and on the beat with West Midlands Police to create her Romeo + Juliet.
Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston
Composer: Annie Mahtani
Dramaturg: Ben Payne
Designer: Louis Price
Lighting Designer: Mike Gunning
In association with Birmingham Hippodrome
Supported by The John Feeney Charitable Trust
May 2018 research and development supported by University of Birmingham