Secondary Schools

Romeo & Juliet Coming Spring 2017

3 – 25 March
7.30pm evenings plus 1.30pm matinees

Shakespeare’s timeless story of star-crossed lovers, is brought bang up to date in Spring 2017 as West Yorkshire Playhouse stages Romeo & Juliet against a dramatic northern landscape.

We are offering a whole range of insightful and dynamic workshops that directly support the curriculum so that you and your students can get the most from your visit. Click below to find out more information.  

Click here to download our Teachers Resource pack

For more information and to book a workshop please contact

To book tickets for the show please call box office on 0113 213 7700 or email

  • A note from the Director
    “We’ve been trying to imagine this as a new play – written in 2016, not 1595.
    What might happen if Verona wasn’t an Italian city full of lords and ladies, masked balls and sword fights, but an urban northern city – multi cultural, pulsating, made of concrete, metal and grass.
    We’ve been thinking about the headiness of turning 16, of sweltering summer holidays filled with first loves, festivals and anthemic music. And we’ve been interrogating how this story – with its feuds, gang warfare, and divide between youth and age – resonates with our world now.”
    Following the massive success of Kes, director Amy Leach returns to the Playhouse to create an urgent and vibrant production of Romeo & Juliet that features a company of 20 young people every night.
  • Pre-show intro to Romeo & Juliet for KS3/GCSE

    What’s it all about?
    This energetic and quick-paced pre-show session will offer students an introduction to the play – exploring narrative, key themes and key characters.

    Suitable for: KS3/ GCSE/ A-Level English Literature, GCSE/ A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Available: March 2017
    Cost: £85+VAT per class (available only to ticket holders)
    For more information and to book please contact to make a booking.

  • What Happens When? Quotes & Key Moments for GCSE 

    This fast-paced workshop has been created to help students quickly recall important information about the play, including key moments and key quotations through a series of theatre-inspired line-learning techniques.
    *This is not an introduction to the play – students taking part must have a good understanding of the play before taking part*

    Suitable for: GCSE/ A-Level English Literature, GCSE/ A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies
    Duration: 1.5hrs
    Available: During February and March 2017
    Cost: £155+VAT per class
    For more information and to book please contact to make a booking.

  • Love & Conflict: Exploring Themes for GCSE/A-Level 

    Inspired by our own production, we explore how Shakespeare presents the themes of Love and Conflict in Romeo and Juliet through:
    • Practically exploring the narrative
    • Exploring key characters’ arcs and their objectives at different points
    • Analysing and interpreting Shakespeare’s use of language, giving students the confidence with iambic pentameter
    • Focusing on two key extracts, summarising the action, discussing the characters in the scenes and exploring this in context with the rest of the play’s events

    Suitable for: GCSE/ A-Level English Literature: excellent revision aid for key extracts (AQA), GCSE/ A-Level Drama and Theatre studies
    Duration: 2hrs
    Available: February and March 2017
    This is ideally a post-show workshop but we can accommodate schools who wish to take part before they see the production.
    Cost: £175+VAT per class
    For more information and to book please contact to make a booking.

  • Original v Contemporary: Compare & Contrast 

    Session one:
    Introduction to original performance conditions of Romeo & Juliet
    Session Two:
    Watching the performance
    Session Three:
    An evaluation session, comparing and contrasting an original performance of Romeo & Juliet with our contemporary version.

    Suitable for: GCSE/ A-level Drama and Theatre Studies
    Session one: 60 minutes
    Session two: performance
    Session three: 60 minutes
    Available: During February and March
    Cost: £195+VAT per class (show tickets not included)
    For more information and to book please contact to make a booking.

Other Opportunities with our Creative Education Team

Our creative sessions are developed in consultation with local teachers to provide valuable and enriching opportunities to enhance students’ creative understanding and practice of theatre-making. We offer a range of opportunities all year round, including production specific sessions, bespoke sessions and sessions which focus on careers within the theatre industry and our work backstage. Our workshops are led by professional artists and practitioners and take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse or in school settings.
For workshops and sessions inspired by this season’s theatre productions, take a look at our schools brochure PLAY.

            • Shakepeare: Any Play Any Day

              In a full or half day session, students can explore any Shakespeare text. From A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Pericles. These active sessions offer an in-depth insight into narrative, character, themes and language.

              • Suitable for: KS3 and 4
              • Max: 30 participants
              • Cost: from £150 + VAT
            • Behind the Scenes

              Led by our Education Team, tours can be tailored for groups of all ages and interests. We take students behind the scenes of the Playhouse to learn more about working in a theatre and share the secrets of how productions make it from page to stage.

              • Suitable for: KS3/4/5
              • Max: 30 participants
              • Cost: £3.50 + VAT per person (minimum spend equivalent to 15 places applies)
            • Industry Days

              Students will gain a unique insight into the day-to-day workings of West Yorkshire Playhouse. A back stage tour will be followed by a session with select members of Playhouse staff.

              • Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5. FE and HE students
              • Cost: £150+VAT

Booking Tickets and Information

              • Prices and Discounts
                School prices vary according to each production, the range is listed on each web page. To help you manage your visit we offer one FREE staff seat for every 9 students booked. Schools tickets are only available in limited numbers and for Monday to Friday. You are still welcome to book once this limit is reached, but the standard discount rates will apply.
              • Age Recommendation

                Age Recommendation is assessed according to the complexity and sensitivity of issues, images, sexual references and strength of language used in both West Yorkshire Playhouse Productions and Touring Productions. Any sensitive content is highlighted in our main Brochure but we do encourage Schools to call our Box Office with any specific concerns or questions regarding sensitive material in the Productions.

              • Take note…
                We strongly discourage students from taking notes during performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Please encourage your students to fully enjoy their theatre experience by focusing completely on the action on stage. They can then jot down any notes immediately after the performance.
              • To Book Theatre Tickets
                If you would like to make a school booking for a show in one of our theatres, please call 0113 213 7700 or email to make a booking.

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