Romeo and Julie, the new Cardiff-set play by Gary Owen, will receive its first performances in Wales with a two and half week-long run between 13 – 29 April at the capital’s Sherman Theatre.
The Cardiff performances follow a hugely successful run at the National Theatre in London which continues until 1 April. This poignant, humane and deeply funny new play set amongst Cardiff’s Splott and Tremorfa communities, is staged in a co-production between the Sherman and the National Theatre.
Romeo is a single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two Cardiff teens raised a few streets apart – but from entirely different worlds – crash into first love and are knocked off their feet. But at the crossroads to the rest of their lives, Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity.
Romeo and Julie reunites the Olivier Award-winning partnership of writer Gary Owen and former Sherman Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan responsible for the modern classics Iphigenia in Splott, Killology and The Cherry Orchard.
The cast for Romeo and Julie includes Callum Scott Howells (known for his roles in Channel 4’s It’s A Sin and the West End production of Cabaret) as Romeo and Rosie Sheehy (who starred in Sherman Theatre’s Bird and All’s Well That Ends Well for the RSC) as Julie .The cast also features Catrin Aaron, Paul Brennen and Anita Reynolds.
The creative team also includes Designer Hayley Grindle who is a Sherman Associate Artist, Associate Designer Toots Butcher, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Gregory Clarke, Sherman Associate Artist Patricia Logue Dialect Coach and Staff Director Kwame Owusu.