The Bard’s greatest love story comes to the Arts Theatre
One of Cambridge’s oldest student drama groups, the Marlowe Society, brings its production of Romeo and Juliet to Cambridge Arts Theatre this month, promising a vibrant reimagining of the Bard’s greatest love story. Performed by a large ensemble cast of actors and musicians, fair Verona is switched for the streets of Spain, where a crowd mingles in a plaza ready for a fiesta. The sounds of flamenco echo down the streets as a knife glints in the sun, setting the scene for a pair of star-crossed lovers to meet their tragic fate.
Dedicated to performing high-quality performances of Elizabethan, verse and non-realist plays, it’s the latest in a line of many for The Marlowe Society, whose recent offerings included acclaimed productions of Edward II, Measure for Measure and Doctor Faustus. A hotbed of acting talent for Cambridge University, the society has launched the careers of some of the brightest British stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz, as well as counting poet Rupert Brooke amongst its alumni. Catch them in action from 24 to 27 January, tickets are £18 to 28.