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Derek Jacobi as Mercutio is half-genius, half-prank: Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick reviewed

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Plus: a slate of new political playlets at the Arts Theatre that range from the trite and unfelt (Mark Ravenhill, Caryl Churchill) through to the richly enjoyable (Stella Feehily)</span></p>

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

Romeo and Juliet

Garrick Theatre, until 13 August

A View from Islington North

Arts Theatre, until 2 July

Out come the stars in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet. He musters a well-drilled, celebrity-ridden crew but they can’t quite get the rocket off the launchpad. The stylish setting evokes Italy in the early 1950s. The girls wear New Look frocks and the boys sport tight slacks and shirtsleeves. Christopher Oram’s muted set has bland marble walls and tasteless squared-off pillars like a modern dictator’s palace on the Euphrates.

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