A supremely powerful “Romeo and Juliet” at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” is supremely powerful.

The violence erupts on stage with a vicious street brawl between the Montagues and Capulets making the subsequent tragedy all the more believable.

Mariah Gale’s Juliet is particularly fine, evoking the sulky teenager uttering the Shakespearean equivalent of “Whatever” as her parents plot her marriage, but maturing first into a flirtatious girl and then into a sensual and passionate young woman as she falls in love with Sam Troughton’s hoodied Romeo (and yes, he is the grandson of Patrick Troughton, the greatest Dr Who of them all).  Strong performances also from Noma Dumezwemi as the Nurse, Forbes Masson as Friar Laurence, and Jonjo O’Neill as Mercutio.

Well worth it.

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