The hit of the Prologue Season 2019 again on the open air stage. In English.
The Globe Ensemble Berlin brings Shakespeare's most frequently performed tragedy to the stage in the best folk theater tradition: the most famous love story is told through richness of language and live music, with masquerade and fight scenes and in its own translation that is both fresh and poetic. A young love full of passion and fire meets old hatred of two rival families. The themes of young love, old hatred, rivalry, passion, fear of loss, power and powerlessness, willingness to take risks, civil courage and ultimately the question of the meaning of human existence in the face of death run through a web of unfortunate coincidences. Only in the death of the two lovers does the hatred, which has almost become a tradition, come to an end and Romeo & Juliet become martyrs in a senseless war.
With Astrid Köhler, Maria Luisa Bruer, Wiebke Acton, Benjamin Krüger, Lorenz Liebold, Maximilian Wrede, Nikolaas von Schrader, Philipp Myk
Director & translation: Christian Leonard / Costumes: Petra Wilke / Stage design: Thomas Lorenz-Herting / Music: Bernd Medek / Masks: Katharina Piriwe / Make up: Katharina Buccarello, Josephine Müller / Choreography: Gabriela Dumitrescu / Fight scenes: Lukas Benjamin Engel
... and shows how he understands theater: close to the people, with little scenery and rich in fantasy. (...) Nevertheless, the production is old-fashioned in the best sense, no director's theater, but a sensual spectacle committed to the story. (...) Shakespeare thus shows himself to be highly topical once again.
Friedhelm Teicke, zitty Magazine, June 18, 2019
As the titular couple, Maximilian Wrede and Nadja Schimonsky head up a talented and energetic cast. (…) this production punches considerably above its weight, putting other productions of Shakespeare’s classics at larger, better-funded theatres to shame. (…) this production certainly whips up an appetite for more.
Paul Sharratt, ExBerliner on September 10, 2019