Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare

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14-24 July 2021  |  open-air production in the Reading Abbey Ruins

Encapsulating tragedy and comedy, the most famous romance in the world comes to the Reading Abbey Ruins in 2021. A group of masked Montagues risk further conflict by gate-crashing a Capulet party, and young lovesick Romeo falls instantly in love with Juliet Capulet.  But her toadying parents’ plan to marry her off to her father’s choice, the Count Paris, sacrificing Juliet’s happiness to enhance their social status. Their burgeoning romance is further threatened as the age-old vendetta between the two families erupts into bloodshed, and the seemingly star-crossed lovers find themselves on opposite sides of a divide that cannot be bridged. Toxic machismo, street violence and polarised mindsets all find parallels in the present-day, giving this story a freshness and relevance to audiences of all ages.  With comedy and music, and modern language semi-improvisations that never compromise the work itself, this production will also appeal to those who rarely visit the theatre or read Shakespeare.



There's a wonderful opportunity right now to become a sponsor for Progress Theatre's open-air Shakespeare in the Reading Abbey Ruins. This yearly tradition sadly had to be cancelled last year due to COVID-19, but we're busy at work liaising with Reading Borough Council to bring this summer highlight back for July 2021.

In return for your support in covering the costs of production, we can offer:

  • Your logo (credited as the sponsor) on all marketing materials, including our website, social media, door-drop flyers, and posters and banners around town.
  • A full-page advert in the programme
  • Complimentary tickets to see the show

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