The Shakespeare Project
December 2020

‘The Shakespeare Project’ is a theatre collection based off of the works of William Shakespeare. Each production interprets a classic through the eyes of a traditionally supporting character and gives an alternative reading of Shakespeare’s narrative.

The first in this project will be ‘Mercutio’s Romeo and Juliet’ to be live streamed.

Mercutio's Romeo and Juliet
21st February 2021

“I’ve grown up with him, with Romeo. He’s been my best friend for as long as I can remember. His eyes are the first memory I have.”

There are two sides to every love story; ‘Mercutio’ explores Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ from the perspectives of Mercutio and Juliet, as an unlikely friendship blossoms between the pair.

In this original piece, what lies beneath the surface is just as compelling as the glossy facade of Shakespeare’s most famous doomed lovers.

Cast

Barney Hartwill
Barney Hartwill
Mercutio

Barney is a Nottingham based actor whose professional credits include ‘Fine, Thanks’ with the Lund Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2017) and the Savoy Theatre (2019). Barney’s credits with The Nottingham New Theatre include lead roles in ‘Edward II’ (2019) and ‘Eve and Adam’ (2019), as well as roles in ‘Vehement’ (2019), and ‘The Beauty Queen of Lenane’ (2018). Barney also directed a production of ‘All My Sons’ (2020) and has acted in two digital theatre pieces; ‘Cinnamon Tea’ (2020) and ‘SPRING + AWAKENING’ (2020) for UPLOAD Virtual Festival and theSpace Online. Barney is studying a BA in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and is the current Theatre Manager of The NNT.

Sofia Bassani
Sofia Bassani
Juliet

Sofia is a member of The National Youth Theatre and with The Nottingham New Theatre her acting credits include ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2019), ‘Vehement’ (2019), and ‘Forgetfulness Therapy’ (2019). Sofia also produced ‘All My Sons’ (2020) and has acted in two digital theatre pieces; ‘I think He was called Rosalind’ (2020) and ‘SPRING + AWAKENING’ (2020) for UPLOAD Virtual Festival and theSpace Online. Sofia is the current Social and Fundraising Coordinator of The NNT and is studying a BA in Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham.

Team

Tara Anegada

Writer and Director

Zoe Smith

Producer and Production Manager

Joe Holmes-Milner

Dramaturg and Assistant Director

Jasmine Butler

Assistant Producer

Sam Osborne

Sound Technician and Captioner