Are you a Shakespeare nerd like me? On my trip to London, I booked tickets at the Garrick Theater to see a classic play: Romeo and Juliet.
I ordered my tickets online for about $75-100 USD. This may seem expensive, and trust me, I had my doubts, but this play BLEW ME AWAY! It matched the original written play almost exactly.
The location of Garrick Theater is really easy to get to. It is right by The National Gallery and by tube it is on stations Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines). I will leave more info here.
The play started at 7:30pm, but we came early to pick up our tickets at the box office.
From the outside, the place doesn’t look like a normal theater at all, but on the inside, it is a classic venue; red plush seats and gold embellishments. It was lavish and made you feel like you were watching a play in the older eras.
In each seating section, there is a common area where you can order drinks and stand on the balcony overviewing the busy street below. I hung out here with my mom and sister before the play.
The play lasted 2 1/2 hours, with a 20 minute intermission. One AWESOME thing I learned was Juliet was played by Lily James who stars in Cinderella and Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey is MY FAVORITE SHOW and I couldn’t believe I was going to see the actress who plays Lady Rose! The other lead, Romeo, was played by Freddie Fox, who is an attractive english actor. 🙂
One thing I loved about the play was it was spoken in old english and has a beautiful prose style. I read this play in my English class last year, so I remembered lots of key scenes and quotes that helped me understand the play better. In this version of the play, they added some modernization to it by having people dressed in today’s clothing which I found interesting.
The actors were super passionate, they remembered every word and spoke the prose with fluency. Romeo had tons of emotion behind his speech which I loved because it accurately represented his character.
This play was executed flawlessly and I wish I could see it again! Defiantly book this play because it will knock your socks off!
Have you read or watched Romeo and Juliet? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! And remember to follow me on Instagram!