Before Juliet

The Manchester Shakespeare Company’s ‘Before Juliet’:
A voice for an invisible woman

Following the success of their debut production, ‘Desperate Measures’ at Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre in October this year, The Manchester Shakespeare Company is now gearing up for its second production ‘Before Juliet’ which opens in March 2014 at the same venue.

‘Before Juliet' focusses on Rosaline, who doesn’t even appear in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but who is the essential catalyst of the tragic events that befall the ‘star-crossed lovers’.

The MSC was formed by Gina T Frost, Hanna Ellis and John Topliff with the intention of producing modern, relevant adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, set in the social and historical context of the North of England.

As with ‘Desperate Measures’ (a darkly comic reworking of ‘Measure For Measure’) the MSC adaptations will ensure that female roles in Shakespeare’s notoriously heterocentric canon will be purposeful and engaging, not merely functional.

The writing team of Ellis and Topliff, working alongside Directors Frost and Dr Matt Cawson has created a dynamic mix of youth, experience and academic insight and a determination to bring Shakespeare to Manchester in the 21st Century.

Performance Dates: March 17th - 22nd (six performances in total) Three Minute Theatre in Afflecks Arcade, Manchester

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