Alphabetti Theatre | Alun Armstrong Theatre | Customs House
In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Cranked Anvil presented an exciting and contemporary season of three of his most well known and loved plays – re-imagined for modern audiences. In an intriguing and fascinating twist on the classic texts, conceived and realised by our artistic director Paul Dunn, these productions proved to be exhilarating and stimulating as well as highly accessible.
Our season kicked off with the greatest love story ever told. Shakespeare’s pair of star-crossed lovers meet, fall instantly in love, and defy all the odds to be together till the end of their days – despite their “ancient grudge”, despite the colour of their shirts. This modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic will resonate strongly with all kinds of audiences – young and old, male and female, theatre aficionados and theatre virgins!
“A must-see. This production is a happy marriage of great acting, lively action scenes and a charismatic cast. The decision to deliver a parochial production has helped liberate Shakespeare’s story and they’ve probably ended up with a show that’s closer to what the Bard intended.”
North-East Theatre Guide
“Extremely interesting … intriguing … the vocals were fine and the acting made it very enjoyable to watch. Particular mentions go to David Jackson who played Romeo and Paul Dunn who played Friar Laurence, the scenes featuring both these performers were a delight.”
Sam Grist for Cuckoo Review
“The backdrop [is] a brilliantly vibrant way to show the obstacles the duo have to overcome in a modern-day retelling of the much loved play. Passions run high, and the ancient grudge between black-and-white and red-and-white is a fresh new centre for the greatest love story ever told.”
Directed by Paul Dunn
Fight choreogrpahy by Wayne Miller
James Barton Mercutio
Christina Cuthbertson Lady Capulet
Paul Dunn Friar Laurence
Brogan Gilbert Juliet
Luke Hammond Paris
David Jackson Romeo
Vanessa Karon Nurse
Sean Kenney Capulet
Wayne Miller Tybalt
Steven Stobbs Benvolio
The production attracted wide media interest, and was covered on BBC Radio Newcastle, Spark FM, Made In Tyne & Wear, and on BBC Look North.