stf Theatre | Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet

Directed by Polina Kalinina 

19 Feb – 04 April 2015 and Toured in the UK and Germany 11 May-27 June
A co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres

Production Photos © 2015 Craig Fuller and Farrows Creative

Romeo and Juliet
The world’s most famous story of young love. There seems to be no rhyme or reason behind the animosity between the Montagues and the Capulets – its genesis is lost in time – but when love attempts to cross the divide it leads to tragedy.

‘We are delighted to announce that the young Russian director, Polina Kalinina, will open the season with Romeo and Juliet. Despite her Moscow provenance, Polina knows Bristol and our own work well. She was educated at Badminton School (and then at Oxford) and saw her formative Shakespeare here in stf’s early years. She has great experience of working in-the-round, and is a prodigious talent; she will bring an understanding of our tradition together with a freshness of approach to Shakespeare’s great tragedy of young love.’ stf Artistic Director, Andrew Hilton

Alan Coveney Prince
Paul Currier Friar
Paapa Essiedu Romeo
Craig Fuller Tybalt
Chris Garner Montague & Apothecary
Joey Hickman Balthasar
Oliver Hoare Mercutio
Timothy Knightley Capulet
Hannah Lee Gregory & Peter
Callum McIntyre Benvolio
Sally Oliver Nurse
Fiona Sheehan Lady Capulet
Daisy Whalley Juliet
Jack Wharrier Paris & Samson

Director Polina Kalinina
Associate Director Alex Howarth
Set & Costume Designer Emma Bailey
Costume Supervisor Jane Tooze
Choreographer and Fight Director Jonathan Howell
Composer Tom Mills
Lighting Designer Matthew Graham
Production Manager Nic Prior
Company Stage Manager Kevin Smith


★★★★ The Guardian 4 Stars ‘The kids are taking over the theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Not only is a young guest director, Polina Kalinina, in charge for only the second time in stf’s history, this much-told fable about the battle between youth and age is given a revamp that will make anyone over the age of 25 worry about being past it….Thrilling work’

★★★★What’s On Stage 4 Stars ‘With its ‘star is born’ central turn and youthful vitality to burn this Romeo and Juliet is a bullseye for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.’
BY Kris Halett

★★★★★ Exeunt Magazine 5 Stars ‘The decision to fully embrace and perform Romeo and Juliet as a teenager’s play is at the heart of why Shakespeare and the Tobacco Factory’s latest performance is so majestically good.’
By Rosemary Waugh

★★★★The Public Reviews 4 Stars  ‘Striking production….something memorable’
By Claire Hayes

★★★★365 Bristol 4 Stars ‘I urge you to go and see this masterful production.’
By Grace Fox

★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine – 4 Stars ‘The production sings with originality and leaves us in patient expectation to see what comes next from all concerned.’
by Graham Wyles

Bristol 24/7 ‘This is a Romeo and Juliet filled not with sighings and swoonings but with grunts and roars: passionate, full of vivid emotion, shot through with the (blood)lust of youth.’
By Steve Wright

★★★★Intermission magazine 4 Stars ‘With strong acting from the start, a cracking psychedelic-rock soundtrack, and onstage bust-ups to keep you on edge for hours, this production is definitely one to pay a visit to this spring.’
By Julia Pritchard

★★★★Plays To See 4 Stars  ‘These actors have clearly been directed to abandon themselves to the characters they play.’
By Emily Derbyshire

Reviews Gate ‘
A striking production with, for once, a Romeo who deserves his Juliet.’
By Timothy Ramsden

Gloucester Gazette ‘If you go to see one single play this year, make it stf’s Romeo and Juliet. You won’t be disappointed.’
By Jayne Bennett

Theatreworld Internet Magazine ‘This was a production and a casting that Andrew Hilton can be proud of, seeing his company progress to maturity and succeed without his direct hands-on intervention in marching into the future.’
By Richard Jones


Once again The Bridge Foundation and stf collaborated for a conference using Shakespeare’s text of Romeo and Juliet as its basis on Saturday 14 March 2015. Click here for more details
The Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and the Arts is a well established Bristol based organisation and is a registered charity which was established in 1984. Therapy and counselling is provided at our main base at Sydenham Rd, Cotham and in a number of outreach places in the inner city area. We have been co-hosting lectures with stf since 2006.

Watch Made in Bristol TV footage including interviews with the cast, Director and audience reactions.

Watch a rehearsal film of Romeo and Juliet

Film by Camilla Adams


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