ROMEO AND JULIET at Shakespeare’s Globe

My teens are embarking on their GCSE curricula.  Romeo and Juliet is their set Shakespeare.  So when I spotted Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe advertised I naturally booked tickets.  The teens informed me that they have already watched two films and staged several scenes in class but that they were willing to see a different production.

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

Any expectation of being plunged into renaissance Verona were scrapped in the opening seconds.  Loud music and gunfire is the order of the day in this production.  All the actors have black and white face paint that blurs and smudges as the play continues.  Everything is very LOUD.  Lines are shouted.  Music pulses out. The Capulet’s ball, where the star crossed lovers meet is kicked off with an enthusiastic rendition of the Village People’s YMCA.  The woman sat next to us leapt to her feet and joined in the dancing.  Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare’s Globe is not full of sighing maidens gazing at the stars.

A balcony, there must be a balcony.  Not so much.  Well sort of.  Juliet paces back and forth across the stage that has become her balcony.  Romeo appears amidst the crowd gathered at her feet.  He has a step ladder to set him up above the common crowd. That eventually serves as his means to join Juliet in her bower.  It’s funny and gets lots of laughs.  For me that sort of sums up the production, the comic moments were very funny but the tragedy of the lovers somehow gets lost in shouting.

We booked tickets in the top tier right above the stage, this meant our view was a little obscured but not enough to hamper our enjoyment.  The seats are actually wooden benches so we hired cushions at a pound a cushion to prevent numb bums.

The verdict of the teens?  It was different, not bad different but different.


ROMEO AND JULIET at Shakespeare’s Globe

21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

on until Sunday 9 July 2017

Prices range from £5 to stand in the yard upto £45 for the best seat in the house.  Under 18’s are three off for all seats.  You can book tickets by clicking here

Londoners have been coming to Bankside for centuries to enjoy themselves, check out my Bankside Beyond Borough Market post for more ideas about what to do and where to stay.  To find out more about Shakespeare in London click here.



  1. June 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    This sounds like a fab production. I’m smiling just from your story.

  2. June 19, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    Ha! You got actual words out of your teens! I’m all for different productions – even if they don’t always work. the RSC’s current Tempest is different. Bet they’ve seen Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet 😀

    • June 19, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      I think that Baz Luhrmann’s is one of the ones they’ve seen at school, but who knows!

  3. June 20, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Many years ago I went to the Globe with my Sixth Form English Literature class to see a great performance of The Tempest it was not such a quirky and modern production.

  4. June 21, 2017 / 1:27 am

    I’d love to see a production of Romeo & Juliet at the Globe! Though, no matter that I already know the outcome, I always want it to be different. #citytripping

    • June 21, 2017 / 9:13 am

      I know, it always amazes me when I see a familiar play how tense it can be!

  5. Wherejogoes
    June 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    They were setting up for this when we did our tour of the Globe earlier this year so we saw some of the scenery for the modern production. I’ve heard that the play is fantastic -cushions essential! #CityTripping

  6. June 24, 2017 / 10:08 am

    The fun of Shakespeare, really, I think, is the different productions. In fact, classic theatre in general, but Shakespeare is the easiest to go and find something you’ve seen before and then go and see how this is different. I do sometimes have sympathy for filmmakers and their remakes and reboots, because it must be so tempting to have another crack at something, like the theatre dirctors do. Not that much though…

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