[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/55962?ns=guardian&pageName=Who+should+play+Romeo+and+Juliet+in+old+age%3F+%7C+Arts+diary%3AArticle%3A1306368&ch=Culture&c3=Guardian&c4=William+Shakespeare%2CTheatre%2CStage%2CCulture+section&c6=Charlotte+Higgins&c7=09-Nov-17&c8=1306368&c9=Article&c10=News&c11=Culture&c13=Arts+diary+%28series%29&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FCulture%2FWilliam+Shakespeare[/img]The Bristol Old Vic's newly announced version of Romeo and Juliet, which will reimagine the lovers in their 80s and set the drama in Verona's residential care homes, is a fantastic idea – not least because there's endless opportunity to speculate on which of our great senior actors one would most like to see reprising the roles of their youth next spring.
A casting announcement is expected from Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris (who co-directed the National's hit War Horse) in a couple of weeks, but he has this to say in the meantime: "They will be proper actors; but you should know that Judi Dench will be playing Titania at the time, and Michael Gambon filming Potter. It will be clever casting, not absurd casting."
Personally, I fancy Margaret Tyzack in anything, and Peter O'Toole has a longstanding connection with the Old Vic: it was his Hamlet in the 1950s that got Richard Eyre interested in the theatre. Whoever is cast, though, will have one advantage over the young Romeos and Juliets of today, according to Morris: "They'll be able to speak the verse properly."
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