R & J, Off-Broadway Reimagining of Bard, to Debut in UK

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R & J, the hit deconstruction of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet which ran Off-Broadway during the 1998-99 season, will debut in England at the fifth annual Bath Shakespeare Festival in March.

Producer Seth Goldstein, who heads the newly-formed The Splinter Group, said he hopes to move the show to London's West End. R & J was adapted and directed by Joe Calarco. The show, which features only four male actors, imagines a quartet of students at a strict Catholic Boys' School who act out the forbidden text of Shakespeare's tragedy in secret. The lines between reality and illusion begin to blur as the Bard's story begins to resemble the repressive atmosphere of the school.

R & J began at the microscopic Expanded Arts on the Lower East Side. Following good reviews, it transferred to the John Houseman Studio Theatre. It went on to have award-winning productions in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The play will run at the Theatre Royal Bath March 11-15, and the Coventry Belgrade Theatre, March 18-22. It will have eight invitation only previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s creative offices at 311 West 43rd Street. For more information contact Seth Goldstein at (212) 795-7382, or at seth@met.com.

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