Shakespeare’s R&J


Shakespeare’s R&J, directed by Fred Abrahamse, opened at the Fugard Fugard Theatre in July 2011 and was the first theatrical production staged in the covered Fugard Studio.

Joe Calarco’s brilliant re-imagining of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of two adolescent star-crossed lovers. Set in an exclusive boarding school, four pupils discover an illicit copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and start acting it out. Perceptions and understandings are turned upside down as play-acting fun turns serious, the words and meanings begin to hit home, and universal truths emerge.


First performance
25 July 2011

Final performance
20 August 2011

The Fugard Studio

Original Cast

Student 1
Marcel Meyer

Student 2
James MacGregor

Student 3
Rory Acton Burnell

Student 4
Alistair Moulton Blac

Creative team

Joe Calarco

Direction, Set and Lighting Design
Fred Abrahamse

Costume Design
Marcel Meyer

Hair Design

Fiona MacPherson
Pat Bromilow Downing

Poster Design
Corné Venter
Anthony Dalton

Catholic Consultant
Brother Michael Burke