Alfred Enoch to Star in “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare’s Globe

The Wizarding World fandom’s love of Shakespeare continues to grow as yet another Potter alumnus is set to take to the stage to perform the Bard’s work.

This April, Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) will take to the stage as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet as part of the 2020 summer season at Shakespeare’s Globe. Further casting information about this production is not yet known, but the direction of Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy will be undertaken by Ola Ince.

While it could be claimed that everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, there are suggestions that this production will portray the story of star-crossed lovers in a way that audiences have not seen before. Three questions posed on the Shakespeare’s Globe website suggest that even the tragic ending of the play may be reimagined. Could Enoch’s Romeo be in for a happy ending?

What might have happened if other choices had been made?
What if all the tragedy and heartache could have been avoided?
What if the loss of those young lives could have been prevented?

Opening on April 14, Romeo and Juliet is the first play of the season and will run until July 12. Three other plays, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and Antony and Cleopatra, make up the 2020 season, which this year showcases works about love in its many forms.

Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Antony & Cleopatra are of course plays about love. But love of the most transcendent and transformative kind. Love that reaches across difference, that challenges a generational divide, that defies war and hate, poetic love, passionate love, painful love, obsessive love, unrequited love, inconvenient love, ridiculous love, renewed love, restored love, re-imagined love, powerful love, true love, artful love, heart full love, hopeful love, revolutionary love, love that will thrive us, and love that will survive us.

This summer will also see the return of the Globe on Tour, in which three plays are taken on the road and performed throughout the United Kingdom. The theme of the Globe on Tour is “humankind’s relationship with Mother Nature,” which will be explored through Shakespeare’s The Tempest, As You Like It, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

 

 

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe go on sale to the public on February 19. Standing tickets cost £5, whereas seated tickets range from £15 to £59. In line with the theater’s inclusivity and access policy, audio-described, captioned, British Sign Language, and relaxed performances of Romeo and Juliet will also take place. More information on these performances can be found on the theater’s website.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!