Till death do us part is a copout for legendary lovers Romeo & Juliet, who would sooner follow each other into oblivion than face separation by their viciously feuding families. Toy Factory Productions gives the famous grave sweethearts a new lease of life, with an audacious, updated new production brought to you by a super-sexy young lineup of cast and creatives…and The Bard’s lyrical text set to original, soaring song.
In aristocratic Verona, a fateful meeting at a ball sees tempestuous young Romeo and wide-eyed Juliet falling in love at first sight… but bliss abruptly transforms to despair upon the realisation that their families are locked in bloody feud. They find brief solace in an oath of eternal love and a secret wedding, until Juliet’s beloved, brash cousin Tybalt incites a duel with Romeo, leading to deaths on both sides, including Tybalt’s own. Romeo is exiled from Verona, and Juliet is forcibly engaged to the charming Count Paris. Will the star-crossed sweethearts find love at last, or will their world finally tear them apart?
True to the youth of Shakespeare’s hot-blooded lover-and-fighter characters, a gorgeous young cast ranging from their teens to thirties will ignite this tale of bloody battles and fiery young love and desire. Benjamin Kheng, singer/musician from international hit band the Sam Willows, takes the limelight as Romeo, alongside the willowy ingenue that is Theresa Wee-Yenko, playing Juliet in her professional theatre debut. Making up the rest of the stellar cast are Caleb Goh, Dwayne Tan, Josephine Tan, Edward Choy and Andrew Mowatt, with eagerly-watched up-and- comers Timothy Wan, Marc Valentine, Ethel Yap, Daphne Quah, Andy Pang and Australia’s Nelson Clemente rounding off a luscious list.
The creative team is no less sexy: Sextuple-threat from Kuala Lumpur, actress/singer/dancer/director/writer/producer/all-round-visionary Nell Ng takes the directorial reins, assisted in fashioning an achingly atmospheric production by daring, award-winning/nominated designers: Namely, previously London-based Chris Chua on the stunning set; Adrian Tan, who has created shine and shadows for countless acclaimed dance/theatre pieces, designing the lights; and internationally celebrated Thai fashion house Tube Gallery creating couture costumes. And let’s not forget the soundscape: songwriting stalwart Elaine Chan will create a series of original melodies to show off Shakespeare‟s immortal text and heady emotional highs as we promise you’ve never seen before.
Make A Date This Valentine’s Day!
Come join Toy Factory’s contemporary celebration of Shakespeare‟s delicious drama. Expect a gloriously gutsy production full of eye-popping design, merciless combat scenes and of course, beautiful romance, as Toy Factory brings Romeo & Juliet to vivid life for a new generation.
Date: 13 February – 23 February 2014
Duration: Approximately 120 mins (with intermission)
Performing Language: English
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre
Ticket Prices: $69, $59, $49 (Exclude $3 ticket charge)
Tickets available from SISTIC (6348 5555) | SISTIC Website www.sistic.com.sg | Enquiry Tel: 6222 1526
We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Romeo & Juliet!
To win, share with us the most romantic thing you have done for your special half in the comments section below. We will pick 2 of the most romantic entries on 2359hrs on 26 January 2014.
Be creative & have fun!