Romeo and Juliet

 

"Chris Dyer's Cubist-inspired set, a revolving central unit of white staircase and landings, is backed by changing photographic blow-ups, huge and grainy, of Sloanes, clones, cops and bits of architecture. Side-balconies extend into the auditorium. On one the five-piece band plays, commenting on the action like a film score - in the case of Romeo's suicide, by hypodermic, with hilarious incongruity." Michael Coveney, Financial Times 9.4.86

"Chris Dyer's stage design, a bare marble piazza with statue and pillars and a backdrop for blown up black-and-white photographs, is indelibly Italian." Nicholas de Jongh, Guardian 16.4.87

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Photographer: Donald Cooper
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Photo from AHDS Centre for the Performing Arts (PADS)
 

Romeo and Juliet was performed during the 1986-87 RSC season, along with
The Fair Maid of the West and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

 

 Rehearsal: Sean Bean (Romeo) and
Martin Demeger (Friar Laurence)

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Rehearsal: Niamh Cusack (Juliet), Sean Bean (Romeo) and director Michael Bogdanov

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Performances:

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
31st March - 1st November 1986

Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
17th - 21st February 1987

Barbican Theatre, London
9th April - 1st October 1987

 

 Left: Sean Bean as Romeo and Niamh Cusack as Juliet, 1986


Right: Sean Bean as Romeo and Hugh Quarshi as Tybalt, 1986

 

Picture from
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
 

Picture from
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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Photos from AHDS Centre for the Performing Arts (PADS)

 

 

Photographer: Donald Cooper

 Photographer: Donald Cooper

Photographer: Donald Cooper

 

Photographer: Donald Cooper

 Photographer: Donald Cooper

Sean Bean (Romeo),
Martin Jacobs (Benvolio) and
Donald McBride (Peter)

Photographer: Donald Cooper

 

Photographer: Donald Cooper

 Photographer: Janet Arnold

Photographer: Janet Arnold

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Photos from Royal Shakespeare Company

 

Photographer: Joe Cocks

Photographer: Joe Cocks
Tybalt brawling with Mercutio,
Act 3 Scene 1.
The cast includes Romeo (Sean Bean), Tybalt (Hugh Quarshie), Mercutio (Michael Kitchen, on ground),

Photographer: Joe Cocks

The Shakespeare Centre Library in Stratford-upon-Avon has photos available from Sean's days with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

You can contact them at the address below for more information and prices:

Shakespeare Centre Library
Henley St.
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

Tel:: 01789 201813
fax: 01789 296083
Web address: www.shakespeare.org.uk
email: library@shakespeare.org.uk

RSC's Romeo and Juliet (1986/87) (program pages)

ROMEO AND JULIET
Revival of the play by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
The Royal Shakespeare Company


Escalus ................David Glover
Escalus's Aide .........Stan Pretty
Mercutio ...............Michael Kitchen
Paris ..................Robert Morgan 
Friar Laurence .........Robert Demeger
Friar John .............Stanley Dawson
Apothecary .............Brian Lawson
Policemen ..............Stanley Dawson, Patrick Robinson
Children ...............Philip Dettner, Alex Hillman
                        George Thwaites, Andrew Tobias
Montague ...............Roger Watkins
Lady Montague ..........Eileen Page
Romeo ..................Sean Bean
Benvolio ...............Martin Jacobs
Balthasar ..............Simeon Andrews
Abraham ................Malcolm Hassall
Capulet ................Richard Moore
Lady Capulet ...........Darlene Johnson
Juliet .................Niamh Cusack
Tybalt .................Hugh Quarshie
Nurse ..................Dilys Laye
Peter ..................Donald McBride
Old Capulet ............Brian Moorehead
Sampson ................Simon Cook
Gregory ................Sean O'Callaghan
Ladies .................Valerie Buchanan, Cornelia Hayes,
                        Caroline Lee Johnson, Bridget Lynch Bloss


Directed by: ...........Michael Bogdanov
Decor: .................Chris Dyer
Costumes: ..............Alan Watkins, Ginny Humphries, Chris Dyer
Lighting: ..............Chris Ellis
Music: .................Airoshi Sato
Fights: ................Malcolm Ranson
Choreography: ..........Kenn Oldfield
Music Director: ........Peter Pontzen
Assistant Director: ....Jude Kelly


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