Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.
Talented local Director, Caroline Seed, has created this production specifically for this ancient Abbey space.

This, one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular plays, contains all the ingredients found in our favourite books and movies; Action, romance, tragedy and comedy. In Verona, the streets are filled with warring teenagers wielding swords but at the centre of it all is a beautiful and heart-rending romance.

With an extraordinary cast and amazing creatives behind the scenes, this play will be an absolute delight and an experience not to be missed.

Caroline Seed is the Principal of Boost! School of Acting. She trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and turned to directing and teaching. On a daily basis she works with children, nurturing their performance talents and teaching drama skills. The ethos of her business is very much how drama can help young people to develop social skills and use what they learn from it to achieve anything they want in life. She has been directing plays and musicals for many years from Shakespeare (As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night) to musicals (Bugsy Malone, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver) both in school and adult productions in exciting venues such as Dorchester Abbey. She is thrilled to be working with such an extraordinarily talented cast on Romeo and Juliet in her favourite performance venue on the planet!
Jack is Director of JL Lighting, 2018 winners of the Knight of Illumination Awards (Lighting BAFTA) whose CV includes work for All Round to Mrs Brown, Ricky Gervais Live and The MOBO Awards
Dean Forster is a stunt coordinator for film and TV with an impressive CV including Star Wars, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Harry Potter.
Weds – Friday (15th – 17th) & Sun 19th May 7.30pm
Tickets £15/£10 (children 16 & under half price)
Dorchester Abbey

Bulk ticket discount available for schools! – contact festival@dorchester-abbey.org.uk

There will be a free short talk and Q&A after Thursday’s performance with the Director and members of the cast

Zach Morris Romeo & Juliet dorchester festival

Romeo

Zach Morris

Zach studied Performing Arts at Henley college and spent the last three years since graduating working with professional theatre companies, Reading Rep and Reading Between the Lines. He also played Charlie – a lead character in the online series Monsters among us. Zach was in a recent production of Romeo and Juliet in which he played Paris. He is delighted at his promotion!
kelly ann stewart Romeo & Juliet dorchester festival

Juliet

Kelly Ann Stewart

Since attending Drama School, Kelly has been teaching Youth Theatre and Acting workshops with various groups around the Oxfordshire and Berkshire area. Past roles include Masha in “The Seagull”, Rosalind in “As You Like It”, and her most recent performance with OTG as Kate in “King Charles III”, where she received rave reviews. Heading off to study BA(Hons) English at Cambridge University in September, Kelly looks forward to performing as much as possible in the meantime!
Elizabeth Dobson Romeo & Juliet dorchester festival

Mercutio

Elizabeth Dobson

Elizabeth’s previous roles include Viola (Twelfth Night), Rosaline (Love’s Labours Lost), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Brutus (Julius Caesar) and Marmaduke in an adaptation of Woolf’s Orlando. She is thrilled to be taking on the part of Mercutio.
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Capulet

Martin Eggleston

Martin studied drama at Exeter University. He has performed professionally in New York and in the West End, joining the company of the London premiere of David Edgar’s Pentecost (RSC at the Young Vic) in 1995. More recently he has played Raleigh in Journey’s End (The Priory Theatre, Kenilworth), Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit (The Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth), Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps and Mirabell in Congreve’s The Way of The World (Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa).
Richard Ward Romeo & Juliet dorchester festival

Friar Laurence

Richard Ward

RICHARD WARD is a seasoned Shakespeare player and enthusiast. He has performed outdoors with Pendley Shakespeare Company and Chiltern Shakespeare and indoors on the London fringe. Favourite roles have included Malvolio in “Twelfth Night”, Dukes Senior and Frederick in “As You Like It” and Leonato in “Much Ado….”. Having always wanted to appear in Romeo and Juliet he is now delighted to seize the opportunity to play the pivotal role of Friar Laurence.
Catherine Paul Romeo & Juliet dorchester festival

Lady Montague

Catherine Paul

Recently used to more minor roles in musicals, Catherine, a huge Shakespeare fan, is particularly delighted to be playing Lady Montague and being part of this years exciting festival in the perfect setting.
She feels that her experiences with teenage sons and motherhood has helped her understand the part.

Tybalt

Alex Bristow

After studying Drama and Theatre in Sixth Form, Alex has enjoyed acting in his free time with local theatre groups to build his experience. Recently playing the Prince in Reading Between the Lines performance of Romeo and Juliet, he is keen to take on the contrasting role of Tybalt
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The Nurse

Maria Crocker

Maria has been involved with NOVA Theatre Productions in an all-female cast of ‘Julius Caesar’ and is an active member of Abingdon Drama Club as actor and director. She is also club leader for Boost! School of Acting and a Voice Over Artist for Audible Books.

Paris

Greg Chandler

Since leaving Henley College in 2017, Greg has been in three major productions with Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company, including the part of young Henry the Second in ‘Matilda the Empress’. He has also performed Peter and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet for Reading Between the Lines Foundations. Greg is very excited to be Paris!

Benvolio

James Cooper

James is studying drama at school, and has taken part in a number of local productions including Bugsy Malone, Beauty and the Beast, Grease and Aladdin. This is his first Shakespeare play, and he is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of playing Benvolio.