Romeo and Juliet, Garrick Theatre
Culture Whisper, May 2016
Swapping fairytales for Shakespeare, Lily James and Richard Madden will be star-crossed lovers and Derek Jacobi will be Mercutio in Kenneth Branagh's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Lily James and Richard Madden's happy Hollywood ending will take a tragic turn as they take on Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in spring 2016 -- directed once again by Kenneth Branagh as part of his theatre season, Plays at the Garrick. And they will be joined by another star from 'Cinderella': Dereck Jacobi.
While Branagh's film version of 'Cinderella' met mixed reviews, there was no denying the sparks between Madden and James, so we're excited to see how they take the love at first sight intensity and re-figure it with Shakespeare's script.
'Romeo and Juliet': London Theatre 2016
Details about Kenneth Branagh's take on the tragedy are sparse, but with a pair of hot young actors on the playbill it's bound to be popular.
Sir Derek Jacobi: Mercutio
Lily James: Juliet
James cut her teeth on stage with roles including Desdemona at the Sheffield Crucible and Taylor in 'Vernon God Little' at the Young Vic. This hotly-anticipated return to the stage is sure to make Lily James the talk of the town.
Richard Madden: Romeo
Playing Romeo on stage is familiar territory for Madden: his first job after drama school was the starring role in The Globe's 2007 tour of 'Romeo and Juliet', which was praised by The Stage as 'gravelly Glaswegian, and almost childlike'. We're curious to see how Madden tackles the role now, after almost ten years. No doubt fans will be hoping for a combination of Robb Stark ruggedness and a Prince's charm.
'Romeo and Juliet': Kenneth Branagh directs