The star of this play for me was Nadine Higgin's Sir Toby Belch. She has magnificent stage presence. I do wonder whether we are meant to like Sir Toby as much as we did? But I loved every moment she was onstage and her interaction with Maria (NadiKemp-Sayfi) was brilliant.
What is thrilling about this production is the two principal actors, Rebekah Morrell as Juliet and Alfred Enoch as Romeo. The love and attraction connection between these two is believable and we want them to succeed. They both speak the verse really well so we can hear every word in this space, when at some time, because of columns, we will be unable to see who is speaking.
The Capulets' masked ball is a socially distanced, visual masterpiece. The music has a heavy beat, maybe heavy metal, and masked figures dance singly and assertively on the scaffolding tiers, all of them flinging off cloaks to reveal clothes that sparkle and shine and shimmer. The dance is more war dance than ballroom.