11 Oct 2023 - 04 Nov 2023

Shakespeare’s R&J

Adapted by Joe Calarco

A high-voltage, electrifying retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, bringing a fresh take to the tragedy. 

In a rigid boarding school, four repressed adolescents unearth a secret copy of Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love…

What begins as a rebellious laugh soon turns into something more violent. Thrust into the reality of The Bard’s words, parallels between their lives and Shakespeare’s doomed lovers begin to reveal themselves.


★★★★ “The production is a beautifully crafted queer retelling – truly a masterclass in storytelling and audience engagement.” Broadway World

★★★★ “This is a lively and rich-textured show that was a delight to watch.” SpyInTheStalls


Age Guidance: 14+


Join us for a free post show Q&A on Monday 23 October.



Our Relaxed Performance takes place on  21 October at 3pm and 1 November at 7.30pm. Our Relaxed Performances have reduced capacity to help create the best experience.

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For the first week of performances, tickets will be £5 for those between 16-30 years old.

BOOK NOW using the code 30UNDER on checkout

*please note, tickets are limited to two people per purchase. Ticket buyers must bring proof of age to Box Office. The number of discounted tickets is limited to 30 per performance. 


Get 4 tickets for the price of 3. 2 of those tickets MUST be child tickets.

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School Bookings

Reading Rep Theatre has a long history of working with schools, and we look forward to collaborating with you. If you would like to discuss a bespoke workshop for your school or group please email engage@readingrep.com

For schools enquiries and ticket bookings, please email boxoffice@readingrep.com

Cast & Creative

Elijah Ferreira

Student 1, Romeo

Brayden Emmanuel

Student 2, Juliet

Luke Daniels

Student 3, Mercutio, Lady Capulet and Friar Laurence

Tom Sowinski

Student 4 Tybalt, Nurse and Balthazar

Paul Stacey


Chris Cuming

Movement Director

Anna Kelsey

Set and Costume Designer

Jamie Lu

Sound Designer

John Rainsforth

Lighting Designer

Becky Livermore

Costume Supervisor

Sarah Harkins

Casting Director

Lucy Tyler


Jonathan Holby

Fight Director