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Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen before

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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Bestowing contemporary twists and fresh interpretations of some of the most famous stories ever told, as well as transforming a local theatre, Season of Shakespeare is back at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

From November 26 to December 1, students of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts are revisiting some of Shakespeare's greatest works.

Audiences will be able to see Shakespeare as never before with a unique stage layout, allowing you to see plays from a new perspective.

Craig Morrow, artistic director at the LPAC, says: "This year's Shakespeare Season is particularly exciting as, for the first time, LPAC is going 'in-the-round'. We're building an entirely new auditorium inside our theatre, which will make the space closer to what it was like in Shakespeare's day, with the audience surrounding the actors on all sides.

"Playing with the seating in this way is not something we get to do very often and this just felt like the ideal opportunity to do something different that will allow us to approach Shakespeare's plays in a fun and dynamic way."

This year's season includes: Troilus and Cressida, the untold story of Troy, where two young lovers are trapped in a desperate conflict, A Midsummer Night's Dream set in the muddy, electric atmosphere of a rock music festival and King Lear, performed by an all-female cast.

Also, Richard II, one of Shakespeare's most politically gripping plays, which charts the downfall and overthrow of a monarch. It has particular resonance for Lincolnshire as Richard visited in 1386 and his deposer, Henry Bolingbroke, was born in the county.

Finally, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's best known story of young love.

Set in the summer of the swinging sixties, we see the tragic plot unfold between the 'mods' and the 'rockers', putting a new spin on the play.

Tickets: £5 all seats. Find out more at www.lpac.co.uk

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