For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo

Love, death and 1980s clubland come to Bath’s Green Park this summer with a local theatre group’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare in the Green Park have designed the classic love story to fit the urban environment of the former railway station. To reflect the play’s theme of troubled youth, local youth counselling charity Off the Record has been chosen as a charity partner.

Punk Montagues and New Romantic Capulets are sworn rivals, and their feud spills out onto the streets. Romeo, played by Ashley Shiers, and Juliet, played by Annayah Prosser, have barely met when they are torn apart by the conflict. Will the well-meaning help of their adult friends heal the rift, or lead to tragedy?

Ashley is already known to Bath audiences, with performances for Core Theatre, Bath Drama and Next Stage behind him; Annayah made her local community theatre debut recently with Bath University Student Theatre in A Woman of No Importance.

I strongly believe Shakespeare is for everyone and for all times, … Our aim in this production is to allow audiences to discover it in a form which is accessible yet true to itself, in an environment where they do not expect to find it. The twentieth century setting was suggested by the mixture of urban features in Green Park Station.Director, Sue Sedgwick

The company is delighted to have the support of the RSC’s Open Stages scheme, which has included mentoring for the production team and skills workshops for the performers.

Shakespeare in the Park has a tradition of donating profits to local charities. This year’s choice, Off the Record, helps young people to cope with the same problems facing Romeo and Juliet: relationships, violence, anxiety and grief.

Thankfully, today’s Romeos and Juliets have somewhere to turn to when things get tough.

Counselling was good because I could mention things I had never felt brave enough to say, like how I felt over problems in my family. I never thought I would be able to tell anyone about it.a user of, Off the Record’s Service

The performances are at 19:30, 17 – 21 June in Green Park Station, with tickets available from Bath Box Office priced at £10 or £7 if you are under 16.