Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


We are very pleased to announce that we are able to GO AHEAD with our LAST TWO performances of Romeo & Juliet on Friday 23 and Saturday 24, with some changes to cast. The parts of Nurse and Mercutio will be read in by local professional actors who have generously agreed to step in and perform script in hand. Two minor roles will also be covered script in hand by members of Progress Theatre.


Some ticket holders have been kind enough to ask if, rather than refunding their tickets, we can keep their payment as a donation to our Building for Progress campaign. All ticket refunds are automated, but if you would like to return all or part of your ticket price you can donate here.


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 cross’d 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.




In the historic setting of Reading Abbey Ruins, watch this performance of Shakespeare's most-performed tragedy as the sun sets.


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This event is being run under COVID-19 rules, and measures will be in place to keep you safe - all seating is socially distanced, a one-way system will be in place, and all payments are card/contactless only. You may only book tickets for your household or bubble. We cannot sell tickets on the door: advance booking only.


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There is no fixed seating; either bring your own folding camping chair with a back that comes no higher than your shoulders, or hire a chair from us for £2.  Umbrellas are not permitted during the performance to preserve the viewing comfort of those behind you.




Please do not bring drinks with you, a bar is being provided by Reading-based company Blue Collar. You may know them from their street food markets in Market Place, food and drink events in Forbury Gardens and previous work with Reading Football Club. They’ll be selling craft beers, Prosecco, wines, spirits, soft drinks and bar snacks.


Picnic Boxes


We’ve partnered with Didi & Dot to offer their delicious picnic boxes delivered to the Abbey Ruins for all Romeo and Juliet performances, AND they will be donating 10% of your spend to Progress Theatre!


Each box is jam-packed with tasty treats to keep you happily snacking throughout the show. You can pick the theme of the box (cheeses and deli meats, vegetarian or vegan) and there are four different sizes available to suit individuals and larger groups.  Prices start from £12. Picnic boxes will be ready and waiting for collection at the gates when you arrive, so all you need is your picnic blanket and perhaps a nice glass of vino from the Blue Collar bar. Cheers!


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Licenced bar by Blue Collar


Order your picnic from Didi & Dot, and they will deliver it to the Ruins for you


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