It’s the first production in the Globe’s Season of Star-Crossed Lovers, which also includes Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure.
The season is also designed to highlight the work of the UK charity the Samaritans. The Globe’s website expands on the link, saying, “The emotional themes dramatised in The Season of Star-Crossed Lovers have strong resonance in the issues with which Samaritans deals today.”
Tim Carroll directs. His production will be "original practices," using the clothing, settings, music and dance possible in the Globe Theatre of 1599, though unlike in Shakespeare’s time, both men and women are in the cast. Kanunu Kirimi plays Juliet, with Tom Burke as Romeo.
The show runs in repertoire until Sept. 26. Prices range between £5 and £29, and are the same for all three productions.
Alongside the shows will be the Globe’s Summer exhibition, entitled “Shakespeare and Love,” set to open June 5. It will develop the theme of the Bard’s treatment of love, and the way the Elizabethans looked to the zodiac to decipher and for advice on their love lives. There will even be daily horoscope readings from the London Evening Standard’s astrologer Shelly von Strunckel. The exhibition will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. For more information, call (0)20 7902 1400.