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TNT Theatre London
The American Drama Group
Romeo and Juliet
(Romeo und Julia)
Tragödie von William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
Inszenierung: Paul Stebbings
Dramaturgie: Phil Smith
Musik: John Kenny
Produzent: Grantly Marschall (ADG)
 
Uraufführung in London wahrscheinlich 1597

»Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night...«

In ihrer kraftvollen, stilisierten Interpretation von Romeo and Juliet, einem der bekanntesten Stücke überhaupt, möchte die American Drama Group die Shakespeare’sche Poesie und Romantik bewahren. Der Regisseur Paul Stebbings lotet die Tiefen der Tragödie aus und untersucht den zentralen Konflikt zwischen Liebe und Tod, zwischen Eros und Thanatos. Schauplatz ist das Italien der Barockzeit – das Verona und das Venedig von Casanova, Don Juan und Vivaldi.


Grantly Marschall schreibt zu seiner Produktion: »The ›West Side Story‹ and Leonardo di Caprio’s recent gangster version cast long shadows on this delicate play. But this is not a play about poor urban street fighters, nor a play about racial conflict. The Capulets and Montagues are of the same caste and share the same values. Their retainers fight on the streets. Shakespeare is criticising their joint values, which are those of powerful families. This is, of course, the stuff of tragedy: when the mighty sin the state trembles. The ›star crossed lovers‹ deaths expose the follies of the vicious clan warfare that their families perpetuate. Those families are reformed and reconciled. None of this makes any sense if Romeo is some broke and hip street kid. The Montagues and Capulets are two sides of the same coin. They are also Italian. And so one starting point of our production is to stay with Shakespeare’s torrid Latin setting. A world where the symbolic becomes real is a myriad statues and paintings that flit between love and death – Eros and Thanatos – the tension at the heart of this bloody romance. We will employ stylised choreography and once again commission a live musical score from a leading composer. While establishing a rich theatrical environment we will also strive to maintain a shakespearian style that relies on the actor’s skills and audience’s imagination rather than complex settings and design.«
 
 








 
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