Part of a double run with Twelfth Night, this Watermill Theatre production offers a similarly musical take on the well-known Shakespeare texts, bringing songs and choreographed, physical theatre to the fore.
Slightly surprisingly Lauryn Redding as Nurse provides the backbone of the presentation, confident in her many comic moments.
Aruhan Galievea’s Juliet is giddy and excitable, but lacks the morbid depths to really bring out the tragedy of the piece.
As Romeo, Stuart Wilde never quite convinces in his characterisation but does fully commit to the well-staged fight scenes.
This is an ambitious and creative production in places but that is its downfall: the extras crowd out the poetry rather than enhancing it.
More time inhabiting the verse and less time diluting it with songs and dance moves would make for a richer experience.