Goodbye ageism, Hello aged lovers

To balance out all the blog discussion about ‘New Plays,’ here is some info about a new take on an ‘old play.’  This past week the Bristol Old Vic announced the two senior actors who will be performing the parts of Romeo and Juliet  in the theatre’s upcoming production (March 10-April 24), redubbed Juliet and her Romeo and directed by Tom Morris…

The 75-year old Welsh actress, Sian Phillips

And the 66-year old English actor, Michael Byrne

Phillips and Byrne have actually been cast to play 80-something year old lovers–older than they are themselves.  Morris has been collaborating on this project with Sean O’Connor for some 12 years.  Just this past fall, Ben Power’s RSC-commissioned adaptation of R & J, entitled A Tender Thing, played at Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne. Power’s take on the classic text recast the lovers as 70 year olds.

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