Romeo and Juliet KataraIn partnership with Katara and the British Council, Globe Education announces the forthcoming production of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved and best-known plays Romeo and Juliet. The fast-paced, vibrant new production will have its world premiere on 19 February at the Drama Theatre, building 16, Katara. Further performances will take place on the 20-21 February.

The play is part of the ‘Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’ series, which takes place every year at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The Globe is bringing its production to Doha as part of Qatar UK 2013, a year of events to strengthen the partnership between Qatar and the UK in the fields of art, culture, education, sport and science.

Dr Khalid Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara commented:

We are extremely proud to host the classical tale of Romeo and Juliet as part of Qatar UK 2013. We welcome some of the world’s best actors to come and perform at Katara and urge guests to attend the performance of this romantic tragedy. Shakespeare’s work celebrates British arts and culture and this performance is a testimonial of Katara’s commitment to promote cultural awareness through the arts, whilst building cultural bridges.

The 90-minute production retains Shakespeare’s original language and creates an entertaining performance for audiences of all ages. It will provide an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for school and university students, and is accompanied by an award-winning interactive website

Martin Hope is the Director of the British Council in Qatar, which is helping to co-ordinate Qatar UK 2013. He said:

Qatar UK 2013 is all about developing cultural ties between both countries and I’m thrilled to have some of the UK’s best Shakespearean actors coming to Qatar, as part of our programme of events. Shakespeare is of course an icon of the British cultural landscape, and The Globe’s Romeo and Juliet will be a fantastic opportunity for Qatar residents to see a world class Shakespeare production, right here in Doha.

Romeo will be played by Will Featherstone, (previous roles at Shakespeare’s Globe include Sloop in Howard Brenton’s award winning Anne Boleyn, the Earl of Surrey in Henry VII and Orlando in As You Like It). Juliet will be played by Jade Anouka, (previous roles at Shakespeare’s Globe include Ophelia in the touring production of Hamlet and Maria in Love’s Labour’s Lost). The production is directed by Bill Buckhurst who is well-known at The Globe. He has directed Hamlet with Dominic Dromgoole and played Antipholus in Comedy of Errors. In Globe Education’s annual series he played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (2007 and 2008) and has directed Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alex Silverman is the composer, Hannah Clark the designer and Georgina Lamb the choreographer.

After its premiere in Doha, Romeo and Juliet will move on to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, before opening at the Globe in London.

Details of daily performance schedules are outlined below:

Morning Schools Performances:

20 February: 8:30 pm

21 February: 8:30 pm

Tickets for the morning schools performances cost QR 50.

Evening Performance:

19 February: 8 pm

20 February: 8 pm

Tickets for the evening performances are available from Virgin Megastore ticket outlets in Doha, and cost between QR 100 – QR 150.

For more information, visit Shakespeare’s Globe Education’s website