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Lost Dog: Juliet & Romeo

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Friday, January 26, 2024 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

Lost Dog’s show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after.

Well, they lived at least.

Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea.

With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theater and comedy, this duet, directed by Olivier Award-nominated Ben Duke, takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity.

“A brilliant piece of dance theatre that’s honest and insightful about long-term relationships – and very funny” – Lyndsey Winship in The Guardian


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Production Credits

Conceived and Directed by Ben Duke
Devised by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter
Performed by Solène Weinachter and Kip Johnson

Associate Director: Raquel Meseguer
Artistic Advisor: Pip Duke
Light Design: Jackie Shemesh
Set & Costume Design: James Perkins
Production Manager: Dave Sherman
Executive Producer: Daisy Drury
General Manager: Emma Evans
With thanks to Tess Howell, Emily Gorrod-Smith and Hattie Gregory

Juliet & Romeo is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts with development time supported by Oval House through FiRST BiTES. Ben Duke is a Work Place artist.

Lost Dog's Juliet & Romeo Trailer

Edinburgh Showcase 2019: 'Juliet & Romeo' by Lost Dog

“Duke has a theatre director’s instinct for clear communication, but a dancer’s deftness in the way he moves between moods, scenes and characters, music, text and movement; the deeply poignant deflected by a joke (such as an anachronistic quip about Medea teaching pilates). Dance is used to get inside a moment and expand it, making visible the forces of lust, power, attraction, obstruction, struggle and fate, like the gods working with or against mortals at their whim.”

The Guardian