Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers will be given a fresh treatment as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s newest rendition of Romeo and Juliet this September.
Following his STC debut with last year’s Under Milk Wood, 27-year-old co-resident director Kip Williams leads a talented young cast and crew in the production, with Eryn Jean Norvill in her first STC appearance as Juliet and Dylan Young as Romeo.
“I think it’s a great thing for this show that the people making it are pretty close to that point in life that Romeo and Juliet are at,” says Williams.
“The play offers the audience an opportunity to invest in that period in your life when as an idealist you can decide what your future is going to be, by either kowtowing to the expectations of generations past or rejecting them and forging something new.”
Williams’ interpretation explores darker themes of rebellion and chaos as the spirited protagonists defy traditions and escape their suffocating world of wealth.
However, he insists romance will still anchor the play as it has across the centuries.
“In this hyper-superficial universe…they meet each other and strike up an authentic connection,” says Williams.
“There’s something eternal about that idea of love at first sight.” (EJ)
Sep 17-Nov 2, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, $50-$95, (02) 9250 1777, sydneytheatre.com.au
BY EMILY JONES