Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be staged at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse

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The 40th anniversary of Michaelhouse’s Schlesinger Theatre is being celebrated with a performance of the Shakespearian classic, Romeo and Juliet.

Directed and edited by William le Cordeur, the play will be performed by students at Michaelhouse in Balgowan and St John’s Diocesan School for Girls in Pietermaritzburg at 2 pm on August 14 and 7 pm on August 15, 16 and 17.

William Shakespeare died May 3 1616, and has since become the most performed playwright in the world, making this year exactly four hundred years since the Bard left us.

“Romeo and Juliet is possibly one of the best known of Shakespeare’s plays. It is a timeless tale of love and youthful passion, relevant for all of us, but especially for our teenage performers,” says Le Cordeur.

“Our talented cast have set their Verona in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, subtly suggesting this change of geography and era through costume and set rather than through change to the language and accent. The language is edited, for ease of understanding and length, but largely the Bard’s original form has been stuck to, in all five acts.

Romeo and Juliet promises to be an exciting, entertaining and easy introduction into the world of William Shakespeare.”

Tickets are R60 which includes tea at www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse or by emailing Angela Jonsson at theatre@michaelhouse.org or 033 234 1314 (week days between 8 am and 1 pm). There will be a cash bar.

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