Romeo and Juliet adapted and set on council estate

Laurence Bown will play Mercutio in #RandJ
Laurence Bown will play Mercutio in #RandJ

A FORMER Shoreham College student is taking to the stage in a modern adaptation of a Shakespearean classic.

Apollo Productions is presenting Romeo and Juliet, dubbed #RandJ, at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, this week.

The cast of ten is predominantly made up of young adults, including 19-year-old Laurence Bown, who has previously performed with the Southwick Players.

He takes the role of Mercutio, one of Romeo’s closest friends.

Laurence was last seen on stage at The Barn Theatre in Southwick in the Players’ award-winning production of Far From the Madding Crowd.

Artistic director Katy Markey said: “Apollo Productions is a brand new and exciting theatre company, bringing you some of the best talent on the south coast.”

The company’s first full-scale musical was Loserville, performed at The Old Market in Brighton in January.

Katy said it had been a great success and Loserville had gained the support and a personal visit from McBusted’s James Bourne.

Now, members are delighted to be staging their first full straight play, a modern adaptation of the classic tragedy.

Katy, who founded Apollo Productions, added: “#RandJ, is a modern twist on one of Shakespeare’s most classic works, making it accessible to a modern audience of all ages.

“Although cut, the story and language remains true to the original work, but is instead set on a modern day council estate, Verona Park, and highlights the very real issues of society today, including knife crime, drugs and arranged marriage.

“Fast paced, exciting and so tragic, #RandJ could make a lover of even the harshest Shakespeare critic.”

#RandJ is directed by Richard Lindfield and produced by Katy Markey. It will be staged at The Marlborough Theatre, Princes Street, Brighton, until Friday, with performances at 7.30pm daily.

Tickets are £12 and are available online from