by | Jul 5, 2024

This July, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre is thrilled to present the Australian premiere of Romeo and Julie, a modern and comedic love story by renowned Welsh playwright Gary Owen. Directed by Kamarra Bell-Wykes, the production will open on 24 July and run until 18 August.

Last year the play garnered 5-star reviews in the UK with a successful run at the National Theatre and Sherman Theatre. The title might sound familiar, but it’s a brand-new story of Romeo, a single dad hanging on tight, and Julie, a determined young woman fighting to follow her dream of studying physics at university.

Despite being raised only a few streets apart, the two teens come from entirely different worlds.

Crashing into first love, they are knocked off their feet when they come to a crossroads for the rest of their lives, and Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity.

 Romeo and Julie is a sweet and savage love story about the push and pull between sacrifice and the pursuit of personal dreams.

The Red Stitch production will feature two of its own 2023 acting graduates from the long-running Hansen Graduate program, Shontane Farmer and Damon Baudin. They will be joined by an exciting cast including Claudia Greenstone, Justin Hosking and Belinda McClory.

Award-winning director Kamarra Bell-Wykes, brings extensive experience to her vision for the production, having previously been honoured with the Kate Challis RAKA Award and the Patrick White Playwrights Award from the Sydney Theatre Company

Gary Owen, best known for his celebrated play Iphigenia in Splott, has an impressive portfolio of work. His play Killology, a co-production between the Sherman Theatre and the Royal Court, won the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at the 2018 Olivier Awards. Violence and Son was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2016, and Iphigenia in Splott was awarded Winner of Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015, and listed as one of The Guardian’s 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century. Later this year, Iphigenia in Splott will have a return season at Red Stitch, back by popular demand.

In the meantime, don’t miss this compelling production of Romeo and Julie at the home of BIG little theatre from 20 July to 18 August. Tickets are on sale now at

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