Apparently, Shakespeare got it wrong. Romeo and Juliet didn’t die after all - they eloped. Now they are middle aged, and it turns out that their marriage hasn’t been all loved up bliss either and the pair are attending couple’s therapy. Their therapist wants them to revisit some of the early moments in their relationship and soon myth is being punctured by reality. I love the work of Ben Duke and Lost Dog, a company whose work sits on the boundaries between dance and theatre. I haven’t seen but I’m confident this won’t disappoint.
The show reveals the true story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn't die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after...well they lived at least. Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea. With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet, directed by Olivier Award nominated Ben Duke, takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.