Set in a far-North trailer park, this audacious take on Shakespeare’s love story is a contemporary rock operetta mixing such diverse musical styles as rap, ballad and hard rock. The director, Tim van Dammen draws on a career in music video directing to keep the visual style as dynamic as the musical accompaniment.
Shakespeare’s text fits surprisingly well into the various musical styles and a youthful cast perform with great energy and dedication. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, bringing an authenticity to the story that leaps from the screen.
Clever, vibrant and unerringly beautiful, this is Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before.