ROMEO AND JULIET at Shakespeare’s Globe

My teens are embarking on their GCSE curricula.  Romeo and Juliet is their set Shakespeare.  So when I spotted Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe advertised I naturally booked tickets.  The teens informed me that they have already watched two films and staged several scenes in class but that they were willing to see a different production.

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

Any expectation of being plunged into renaissance Verona were scrapped in the opening seconds.  Loud music and gunfire is the order of the day in this production.  All the actors have black and white face paint that blurs and smudges as the play continues.  Everything is very LOUD.  Lines are shouted.  Music pulses out. The Capulet’s ball, where the star crossed lovers meet is kicked off with an enthusiastic rendition of the Village People’s YMCA.  The woman sat next to us leapt to her feet and joined in the dancing.  Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare’s Globe is not full of sighing maidens gazing at the stars.

A balcony, there must be a balcony.  Not so much.  Well sort of.  Juliet paces back and forth across the stage that has become her balcony.  Romeo appears amidst the crowd gathered at her feet.  He has a step ladder to set him up above the common crowd. That eventually serves as his means to join Juliet in her bower.  It’s funny and gets lots of laughs.  For me that sort of sums up the production, the comic moments were very funny but the tragedy of the lovers somehow gets lost in shouting.

We booked tickets in the top tier right above the stage, this meant our view was a little obscured but not enough to hamper our enjoyment.  The seats are actually wooden benches so we hired cushions at a pound a cushion to prevent numb bums.

The verdict of the teens?  It was different, not bad different but different.


ROMEO AND JULIET at Shakespeare’s Globe

21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

on until Sunday 9 July 2017

Prices range from £5 to stand in the yard upto £45 for the best seat in the house.  Under 18’s are three off for all seats.  You can book tickets by clicking here

After we the production we sauntered along the banks of the Thames to check out the Jimmy C Shakespeare mural. 
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Wander Mum


Ignore the torrential rain and gale force winds, Summer is here.  No it really must be, because the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017 has opened.  Every year for the past 249 years unknown artists have had the chance to hang works next door to the most well known artists of the day. Joshua Reynolds, founder of the RA, has his statue adorned with a garland for each Summer Exhibition – this time he has a sash and looks very dashing.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Inside the main gallery, the light streamed in from the skylights making it possible to forget the rain outside.

Summer Exhibiton 2017

Most of the 1,ooo works on display are for sale, the programme comes not only with details of the art and artists but also a price tag.  This makes my game of ‘what would you take home if you could?’ that I play in every gallery that I visit, just that bit more exciting here because if my piggy bank has enough in it, I just might.  These are the things that caught my eye and their price tags.

Summer Exhibiton 2017

£25,000 would buy me this Cornelia Parker sculpture, I love the way that it hangs on invisible wires.

Summer Exhibition 2017

These figures, an ensemble called Watching by Wendy Freestone, look quite large in this photo.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Step back and look at the wideshot and they are tiny, but I would get a lot of items for my £12,000.

Summer Exhibition 2017

This spiky chap is entitled the Art of Being Right.  Artist Lee Wagstaff has attached a price tag of £12,000.

Summer Exhibition 2017

This sailing ship reminded me of my great aunt’s jewellery box.  She had a mass of fake pearls and glitzy paste brooches, shame that most of them have gone now or I could tried to create my own, saving the £26,300 needed to buy Ann Carrington’s Pearl Ship.

Summer Exhibition 2017

Sadly my budget does not run to any of these.  Which would you choose?

For a recap of my visit to the Summer Exhibition in 2014, 2015 and 2016 click on the blue dates.


Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
13 June – 30 August 2017
Open: 10am – 6pm daily (Fridays 10pm)
Admission: Adults £14 includes a List of Works, concessions available