Theatre Review: Romeo & Juliet @ Greenwich Theatre
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Merely Theatre is a company founded in 2010, which focuses on creating five actor, gender-blind productions, for the most part exploring the works of Shakespeare. In doing so, they tend to do away with costume, props and elaborate sets to drive their performances with ‘clarity’ – a word they’re keen to highlight. If a production makes the decision to largely strip away the façade of conventional live performance, to rely on and emphasise the work of its actors, it should only do so with an iron-clad foundation: a foundation of in-depth study of the text, its requirements, and the characters they are breathing life into. Unfortunately, in Romeo & Juliet, they appear to be building on quicksand.
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