Tenth birthday performance of Romeo and Juliet in Keighley

Keighley News: Actors from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men in the cast of Romeo and Juliet Actors from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men in the cast of Romeo and Juliet

A performance of Romeo and Juliet in Keighley sees the Lord Chamberlain’s Men celebrating their 10th anniversary.

An all-male cast will present Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy on August 19 at East Riddlesden Hall.

The theatre company, a popular draw at the National Trust mansion house, will present the famous tragedy in the open air.

They promise an action-packed adventure with Elizabethan costume, music and dance.

Audiences are urged to take along picnics for the 7.30pm performance.

A spokesman for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men said that Shakespeare’s tale of ‘star-cross’d lovers’ had gripped audiences for 400 years with its perfect blend of passion, excitement and heart-stopping thrills.

He said: “In this tale of two feuding families in Verona, two young lovers, driven by youthful passion and blind love, enter a forbidden affair.

“The families’ reactions to this result in murder, betrayal and heartbreak.

“Faced with banishment and separation the two youngsters hatch a drastic plan with terrible consequences.”

Mark Puddle, founder and creative producer of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, said that over the past decade his actors had travelled more than 100,000 miles, visiting 250 venues in seven countries and performing in front of 300,000 people.

He said: “To celebrate our tenth anniversary we are enormously proud to present our most ambitious and spectacular production yet.

“The play’s eternal themes of love, honour and revenge still resonate with modern audiences.”

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Theatre Company first toured the UK in 2004 with Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy Macbeth. For their 10th year, the theatre company asked their fans which play they would most like to see.

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet cost £15 for adults and £8 for children.

To book tickets, call 01535 607075, email carla.weatherall@nationaltrust.org.uk or visit the East Riddlesden Hall shop between Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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