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Star-cross’d lovers brought to life

Published on 18/05/17

English students at East Point Academy have seen Shakespeare’s most famous characters brought to life on the stage most associated with the Bard’s work.

The GCSE students visited London’s Globe Theatre on Saturday, May 6, for a stunning production of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

The performance saw the traditional backdrop of ‘fair Verona’ swapped for a modern setting including guns, glitterballs, and a soundtrack featuring The Village People’s ‘YMCA’.

English teacher Sam Blowers said: “The show was fantastic, although a little different to what we expected!”

The original Globe opened on the South Bank in 1599 and staged many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, before being shut down as part of Oliver Cromwell’s suppression of theatres in 1642.

In the 1990s actor and director Sam Wanamaker led a project to reconstruct the theatre, using 16th century techniques and materials such as oak and reed thatch.