Love’s tangled web for Fentiman’s Romeo and Rosaline

Romeo and Rosaline

Love’s a fickle thing. Everyone knows that Romeo loved Juliet – but what happened to the fair Rosaline who was so hastily discarded by the young buck at the beginning of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy?

The Bard’s greatest love story opens with the love-struck Romeo writing passionate poems and letters.

In much the same way as Tom Stoppard rescued Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from bit parts in Hamlet so has playwright Sharon Jennings come up with a spin-off from Romeo And Juliet.

In Romeo And Rosaline, opening in January at Clapham’s Bread & Roses Theatre, we’re give a clue.

With each scene mirroring the action of Shakespeare’s original, the Fentiman Players have come up with a tragi-comedy of someone who thinks she’s the main character, but who isn’t really in it at all.

Said Sharon: “The wish to present such a position, experienced by many of us at different times in our lives, was one of my inspirations for the play.

“I call the play a tragi-comedy, because – despite the many laughs in it – the ending is a sad anti-climax.

“To quote one of our reviewers: ‘The theatre-goer is lured in by fun and intrigue only to be hit suddenly with the full implications of has-been-ness….(This) is an exploration of isolation and ex-importance’.”

“We took it to the Brighton Fringe last year and it was very well received, being short-listed for Best New Play”

Romeo And Rosaline, directed by Matthew Gould, runs at London’s newest fringe venue, The Bread and Roses, Clapham Manor Street, from January 27-February 14.

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