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The Bard's Classic Love Story Set Amidst Mods And Rockers
Shakespearean 'silliness' is coming to a Midlands theatre at the start of a national tour of the Bard's classic play Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen it before. The story of the lovesick couple from rival feuding families is given a Mods and Rockers treatment in this contemporary take on William Shakespeare's timeless work.

Romeo and Juliet, Oddsocks Theatre
Oddsocks Theatre rehearses its 'silly' production of Romeo and Juliet

The Lichfield Garrick theatre will open the national tour of Oddsocks Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet on May 17 and 18. The show aims to make one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies more accessible to a family audience by giving it a Mods and Rockers musical twist. With classic songs by artists including The Jam, The Specials and Madness, there's 'Nowhere to Run To' for the Capulets and the Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even 'Down at the Tube Station at Midnight'. So, will Romeo and Juliet overcome the odds with the help of the 'Power of Love' and end the families' feud?

Romeo and Juliet, Oddsocks Theatre
The poster for the UK tour of Romeo and Juliet

Derby based Oddsocks is a critically acclaimed national touring theatre company which takes classic texts and creates bold, innovative and interactive theatre to be enjoyed by all. It was formed in 1989 by husband and wife Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie who combined their classical acting skills with clowning techniques gained whilst working with The National Street Theatre and writing skills. By 1993, demand for the Oddsocks style of theatre was so great that Andy and Elli embarked upon their first full scale summer theatre tour, The Taming Of The Shrew, with the support of esteemed actor Robert Hardy. Since then, Oddsocks Productions has toured theatres twice a year to England, Wales, the Channel Islands and even to the Middle East.

Romeo and Juliet, Oddsocks Theatre
The crew of Oddsocks Theatre prepare for Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet runs at the Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50, £14.50 (students) and £10 (schools). For more information visit online or call the box office on 01543 412121. School bookings can be made via

Romeo and Juliet, Oddsocks Theatre
Romeo and Juliet begins its national tour in Lichfield

Forthcoming shows

17 - 18 May 7.30pm Lichfield Garrick 01543 412121
19 May The Y Theatre Leicester 0116 255 7066

6 - 7 June Queen's Hall Arts Centre Hexham 01434 652477
9 June Pavilion at the Park Bedford
13 June Forum Theatre Billingham 01642 552663 Sold Out
14 - 16 June Markeaton Park Craft Village Derby 01332 255800
18 June Thoresby Lawns Newark 01623 822009
20 - 22 June Belgrade Theatre Coventry 024 7655 3055
23 June Chepstow Castle Chepstow 01291 625981
25 June Valentines Mansions Gardens Ilford
29 June Oakengates Theatre Telford 01952 382382

1 July Gawsworth Hall Cheshire 01260 223456
4 July Middleton Park Leeds Free performance No tickets required!
8 July Fillongley Lodge Warwickshire 01455 213335
11 - 12 July RHS Harlow Carr Harrogate 01423 562303
14 July Kirkleatham Museum Redcar 01642 479500
15 July mac arts Birmingham 0121 446 3232
22 July Nottingham Castle Nottingham 0155 807 7900
23 July Whitbourne Hall Worcester 07747 031701
24 July Canary Wharf London Free performance No tickets required!
29 July Mary Arden's Farm Stratford-upon-Avon 01332 258328
31 July - 9 Aug Coronation Park Jersey 01534 700444

11 - 16 August Castle Cornet Guernsey 01481 747280
23 August Brighton Open Air Theatre Brighton
26 August Penlee Park Open Air Theatre Penzance 01726 879500
29 August Victoria Gardens Tewkesbury 01684 295074
31 August St James Garden Liverpool 01332 258328
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Why? Romeo And Juliet As You've Never Seen It Before
When: 17 May to 31 August 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets £19.50, £14.50 (students) and £10 (schools)
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