At the Riley Theatre
Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.
Well, they lived at least.
Now in their 40s, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.
With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy, this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity. Directed by Olivier Award-nominated Ben Duke.
★★★★★'Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy' The Guardian
★★★★★ 'Superb. Devastating realism and dark humour' The Stage
★★★★ 'Wonderful. Shakespeare’s lovers live on' The Observer
★★★★ 'Glorious. Full of warmth and intimacy' The Independent
★★★★'Squirmingly funny and no less heartbreaking' The Times
★★★★'Insightful, funny and rich. Smoulders with equal parts lust and loathing' Time Out
Juliet and Romeo is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts. Ben Duke is a Work Place artist.
Lost Dog are an award-winning dance theatre company headed by Artistic Director/ Performer Ben Duke. The company was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer with the aim of creating work that is both theatre and dance. The company work with text, live music and movement and blend these elements to create work in which dance is framed by stories and characters.
“We began with an idea and we continue to wrestle with it, to say what needs to be said and dance the rest.”