Love is in the air
Charles Spencer for The Times reviews Romeo and Juliet at the Young Vic
At the start of this year I believed I would be quite happy if I never saw Romeo and Juliet again. The spectacle of young love loses some of its shine when you are deep in grumpy middle age, and, for all the beauty of the play's enamelled verse, I'd seen it so often that it had grown stale on me. Getting bored with great plays is one of the hazards of my peculiar line of work.
But all that has changed recently. First came the American production R&J (running at the Arts), set in a repressive Catholic boarding school and showing adolescent boys acting out the play by night as if it were a thrilling piece of samizdat literature. click for more