Review: Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes on a whole new lease of life this summer as Red Rose Chain make the romantic classic the focus of their attention for this years Theatre in the Forest.

Again Joanna Carrick has sprinkled her creative fairy dust on another of Shakespeare’s original texts, and the result is something rather magical.
The Montague Mods and the Capulet Rockers are at war; they really dislike each other, so it’s a little bit awkward when Mod Romeo falls in Love with rock chic Juliet…

Most people are familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet – the tragic lovers, however this talented cast breathe a breath of fresh air into the tale, making it appear new and exciting.

From a Punch & Judy style opening, some great musical numbers, quick costume changes and very funny humour this production manages to retain the classic Bard’s text, however takes the audience on a whole new journey.

A very talented cast of just six, play all the parts with ease and, the special space that is Theatre in the Forest makes for the perfect backdrop as the action unfolds.

Theatre in the Forest is always the perfect night out at the open-air theatre and this year’s production of Romeo and Juliet certainly doesn’t disappoint.

• Red Rose Chain’s Theatre in the Forest is at Jimmy’s Farm until 25th August. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 603388 or visit

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24
Pictures: Bill Jackson