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Stunning Interpretation of Romeo and Juliet

Friday, 28 March 2014

Students from the Girls’ Division and Boys’ Division of Bolton School have been receiving rave reviews for their stunning interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Here is another one! 

This was a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s timeless love story in what the programme described as a script that has been “newly corrected, augmented and amended.” Referencing literary works, film and music, the audience was offered an abridged version of the tragedy in contemporary vernacular. Scenes were reworked into modern settings and the drama was fed by the creative interweaving of pop classics, many imaginatively reworked, into the script. The high energy performance was wonderfully choreographed and came about through discussion and collaboration amongst students, teachers, the School’s Dancer in Residence and guest musical direction. The music included reworks of material from artists including The Sweet, Madonna, Kylie, The Cure, Adamski, The Scissor Sisters and much, much more. 

The play was chosen as part of the School’s celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare. The cast comprised girls and boys from Year 10 through to the Upper Sixth. The production runs for 4 nights from Wednesday 26th March to Saturday 29th March.

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A strong cast showed maturity beyond their years in this stunning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

A strong cast showed maturity beyond their years in this stunning adaptation of Romeo and Juliet

The dialogue was punctuated by modern day pop classics and wonderfully choreographed dance routines

Bolton School's Romeo and Juliet will live long in the memory of all those that saw it!