Romeo and Juliet

By Prague Shakespeare Festival: May 25-27 Staff

Written by Staff Published on 02.05.2010 18:46:44 (updated on 02.05.2010) Reading time: 3 minutes

“Is Love a tender thing?” – Romeo and Juliet

Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Shakespeare Festival, Prague´s only professional English-language classical theatre company, is pleased to announce the limited engagement of a new production of William Shakespeare´s ROMEO AND JULIET by PSF Artistic Director Guy Roberts at the Open-Air Theater in Vyšehrad May 25-27, 2010 at 19:00.

One of the most beloved plays of all time, Shakespeare´s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet is the premiere PSF summer production on the outdoor, open-air stage at Vyšehrad, signaling a new annual tradition of “Shakespeare at the other castle” in Prague.

Roberts states, “Romeo and Juliet is clearly the greatest love story of all time. The question to me seems to be how to retain the beauty and romance associated with our expectations of the play, while still making the language and story accessible to a modern audience? We don´t want to feel as if we are watching a piece of museum-theatre. By securing Romeo and Juliet in the past we are also distancing ourselves from the action of the play and allowing ourselves the freedom not to be transfigured by it. I think it is impossible to do a “period play.” Plays can only occur in today´s imagination – and that is where our play takes place. Shakespeare´s Verona is not unlike our Prague today. It is a world that bridges the ancient and the modern—a world that is refreshingly relevant. At the center of the entire play is love – the kind of life-changing, soul-transforming love that we all dream of but perhaps never believe we will really find. And that´s the reason to do Romeo and Juliet because all of us, still hopefully believe in love.

Fueled by the intense passions and moving poetry that the world has cherished for years, the play is presented in English under the direction of PSF Artistic Director Guy Roberts (who also appears as Mercutio) with a multi-cultural international company of artists: the titles roles will be performed by Lenka Novakova and Kendrick Ong. Returning to the stage, Emmy-nominated Casting Director Nancy Bishop (former Artistic Director of Black Box, Prague´s original English language theatre) is joined by Prague favorites Laura Baranik, Brian Caspe (Artistic Director Prague Playhouse), David Fisher (Artistic Director, Bear Educational Theatre), Vanessa Gendron (co-Artistic Director, Miloco), Curt Matthew, John Poston and Jeff Smith (co-Artistic Director, Miloco) among others. From the United States, Steve Zinkgraf co-stars as Lord Capulet.  The production features costume designs by Tatiana Evonuk, scenic design by Ivana Nikolic and an original score by Ed Kliman. Amy Huck is the production stage manager and movement coach.  Sidney Berger, Artistic Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival, is the verse coach and Anezka Novak is the voice coach.

The Production is presented by the Prague Shakespeare Festival in association with PZ Adventures, The Mermaid Theatre Company, Classical Theatre Company, Prague Playhouse, and Bear Educational Theatre. The production is sponsored in part by the Prague Film School and the Globe Bookstore and Café. The principal Media Sponsor of the event is in association with

Prague Shakespeare Festival´s


May 25, 26 & 27, 2010 @ 19:00 (7:00pm)
Open-Air Theatre, Vyšehrad

200kc General Admission, 150kc Student/Senior
Tickets: online: or by phone: 222.513.842

The Artistic Company

Bethany Adams, Lady Montague
Cohen Ambrose, Sampson
Laura Baranik, Benvolio
Nancy Bishop, Lady Capulet
Brian Caspe, Paris
Jared Doreck, Tybalt
Stephen Evonuk, Lord Montague
David Fisher, Nurse
Vanessa Gendron, Princess Escalus
Nick Ghys, Gregory, Capulet
Moa Mahan, Assassin
Trevor Marshall, Friar Laurence
Curt Matthew, Apothecary
Felix Meadowsweet, Peter
Lenka Novakova, Juliet
Kendrick Ong, Romeo
John Phillips, Balthazar
Kearstin Plemel, Assassin
Jelena Popovic, Assassin
John Poston, Tiberio
Guy Roberts, Mercutio
Jeff Smith, Abraham
Lucy Ter-Berg, Rosaline
Maithili Tideman, Assassin
Steve Zinkgraf, Lord Capulet

Guy Roberts, Adaptation/Direction
Amy Huck, SM, Asst. Dir, Movement
Ed Kliman, Original Music
Tatiana Evonuk, Costumes
Ivana Nikolic, Sets
Sidney Berger, Verse Coach
Anezka Novak, Voice, Asst. Dir
Stephen Evonuk, Asst. Dir
Kearstin Plemel, Make-up & Hair
Anna Lit, Asst. Make-up & Hair

The Prague Shakespeare Festival presents professional theatre productions, workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events, of the highest quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of professional theatre artists, with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the Czech Republic, European and World audiences performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.

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