Bard in the Botanics has been thrilling Glasgow audiences with their imaginative interpretations of Shakespeare for over a decade. The Garden’s a beautiful backdrop but with rain as our permanent companion, it’s Romeo and Juliet in the Kibble Palace.
Star-crossed lovers as never before
This fantastic space completely captivates, surrounding us with glass and expansive greenery that creates a lush setting. Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays but this version still manages to surprise me with ample laughter and energy.
The young cast have a real joie de vivre and bring a down-to-earth edge to things. Dressed in modern day clothes, complete with skinny jeans and hoodies, they breathe new life into an old favourite – and even use contemporary anthems like We Are Young.
Old words for today’s generation
Yes, they speak in traditional verse but they’re still able to give a glimpse into the lives of today’s young boys trying to become men: the angst of first love, the indulgence in drunken revels, the heady combustion of youth and hormones. Mercutio’s delivery masters Shakespeare’s double entendre to the full; I can’t hold back my laughter. And Juliet, the only woman in the cast, is not outdone. Her performance is strong and poignant in a sea of testosterone.
Rain or shine, Bard in the Botanics allows you to see Shakespeare in a wonderful new light. But don’t just take my word on how fantastic it is, the performance has been extended to Saturday 28 July – an extra six shows added due to popular demand.
As William says ‘action is eloquence’. So go on, book your tickets online or call 0141 429 0022 – £15/ £10 concession.