No matter how tragic it is. This love story still has immense hope at its heart.

“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake – it’s everything except what it is!”

In a hostile city two rival families flood the streets with cruel, uncontrollable violence, yet it takes just a single spark to rewire the world forever.

A reckless, impulsive, boundary-crossing instant can send shockwaves through everything you know. You are seduced, soaring high above the hate and the fury – you’re dancing to a new refrain and the chemistry is awesome. You’re willing to risk it all!

It’s perfection. Just as quickly it burns out.

Theatre and film director Nicholai La Barrie makes his Royal Exchange Theatre debut with this fiery retelling of Shakespeare’s tragic love story. This contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet is a love-letter to Manchester, a celebration of youth, love and aspiration. A vision of hope in troubled times.

A special thank you to Mills & Reeve for supporting this production.

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