Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado to take to cathedral’s stage

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Emma Knights Arts Correspondent emm.knights@archant.co.uk
Monday, March 10, 2014
7:00 AM

Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing are the shows set to take to the stage in this year’s Shakespeare Festival at Norwich Cathedral.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by the GB Theatre Company for the Shakespeare Festival 2013 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Denise BradleyA Midsummer Night's Dream by the GB Theatre Company for the Shakespeare Festival 2013 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Denise Bradley

The Bard’s words will once again fill the cathedral cloister in July, and with 2014 marking the 450th anniversary of the great playwright’s birth, festival organisers are hoping this year’s festival will be the biggest yet. Shakespeare’s Globe will present the comedy Much Ado About Nothing while the Lord Chamberlain’s Men will perform Romeo and Juliet.

Jon Holland, Norwich Cathedral’s marketing manager, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting two of the UK’s premier touring companies, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Last year was our most popular year in the festival’s history, with over 1,900 people attending, and this year’s festival promises to be our biggest yet with a more diverse programme on offer featuring two fantastic, contrasting plays – a comedy and tragedy.”

Mark Puddle, creative producer at The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, said: “It’s our first time at the cathedral so we are very excited. The cloister is such an amazing space. It’s also Shakespeare’s 450th year and our 10th anniversary so we are pulling out all the stops - it’s going to be a fantastic show.”

He said Romeo and Juliet would be performed as it would have been in Shakespeare’s time.

“The Lord Chamberlain’s Men was recreated to create theatre as it was in the 16th century so there will be an all-male cast, and 16th century music and dance,” he said.

Max Webster, director of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing, also said the company was also excited to be performing at the cathedral for the first time.

The Festival, now in its sixth year and in association with the Eastern Daily Press, is July 16 to 19, with Romeo and Juliet on July 16 and 19, and Much Ado About Nothing on July 17 and 18. Performances 7pm. Tickets £19 (£16 concessions).

To book call 01603 630000, visit www.cathedral.org.uk/shakespeare or buy at Norwich Theatre Royal or the Cathedral Gift Shop. • Do you have a story about the arts in Norwich? Email reporter Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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