I want to deepen and work out the contrasts, the extremes that Shakespeare created in his play and the characters. Good and evil are two attributes that are too often separated in the real world as well as in the theatre, too often projected onto different characters or conflict parties. On closer inspection, however, we know that good and evil always go hand in hand and are a jointly connected part of our humanity. This will also be the case in this production. I don't want to show the figures in black and white, or divide them into good and evil. Every single figure in the play is full of hate and cruelty but also full of love, friendship and helpfulness. And yet in the end they all end up making themselves guilty. In a conflict, everyone bears responsibility for what happens.
Shakespeare condenses a plot that in real life might last weeks, if not months or years, into five days of narrative time. Like in a film, we jump from one scene to the next, bridging time and space. Along with the universality and timelessness of the themes of ROMEO & JULIET, this lends the piece a metaphorical quality. In order to preserve this character and thus expand the space for interpretation, we want to take the piece from a real time and place. Our costumes and props will be colourful and rustic. They are in harmony with the rough rock of the ruins of the Kaiserpfalz. At the same time, they make use of a variety of epochs and cultures to emphasize the characteristics of the figures, not a correct historical reference.
We will make what fuels the inner conflicts and state of the figures visible to the outside, regardless of a historical reference to reality.