About RSC: Romeo and Juliet
The Royal Shakespeare Companycontinue their residency at the Albery Theatre with a brand new production of Shakespeare's classic love story Romeo and Juliet
Starring Matthew Rhys as Romeo and Sian Brooke as Juliet. Directed by Peter Gill
Despite a long-standing feud between the Montagues and the Capulets when Romeo, only son of the Montagues, meets Juliet, the Capulets' only daughter, he falls in love with her and she with him. With the help of Juliet's Nurse, they are married in secret by Friar Lawrence. Juliet's cousin Tybalt quarrels with Romeo and in the fight which ensues Mercutio is killed. Romeo avenges his friend's death and kills Tybalt, for which he is banished. Juliet learns that her parents plan to marry her to Count Paris. Distraught, she turns to Friar Lawrence, who gives her a drug which will make her appear to be dead. The intention is that her parents will place her in the family tomb and when she awakes from her drugged sleep, Romeo will be waiting to escape with her.