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Original programme and reviews of Stephen Moyer as Romeo in 1994 Shakespearean Production

At the age of 24 Stephen Moyer played the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet with the Oxford Stage Company directed by John Retallack. Tara Woodward played Juliet and other cast members included Sam Bond, Helen Cotterill, Walter Hall, Leader Hawkins, Richard Henry, John Higgins, Michael Higgs, Carol Redford and Tony Tarrats.

The production ran from July 28, 1994 to December 3, 1995 in various British theatres and included a Japanese tour to Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo from 7 – 26 November.

Stephen Moyer and Tara Woodward in a promo photo
Stephen Moyer and Tara Woodward in a promo photo

 

The Shakespeare Survey Vol. 49 mentioned that it’s “a fast-moving production, reduced to two hours’ playing time, which developed the theme of lack of communication between youth and age.”

According to the Herald Scotland Retallack’s Romeo and Juliet was “very attractive and sexy”.

In a York newspaper clipping from 30 September, 1994 Stephen Moyer says about Romeo and Juliet:

“The Capulet and Montegue feud means you can play it black and white, set it in Bosnia or Northern Ireland, or have Catholics versus Protestants, because there is that resonance in the hatred between two families. But the other aspect you notice is that it’s so ridiculous that adults still still won’t listen to their kids. There’s a simple message in this play, and that’s the need for communication. That message hasn’t changed over the centuries.”

Stephen Moyer

 

 

Another review comes from the Independent and can still be found online here, you can also read the complete article in the below document.

Stephen Moyer’s Romeo is quick to disdain the weakness of love. Enraged at his own folly in trying to make Tybalt and Mercutio see sweet reason, he tears out the most heartfelt line of the evening: ‘O sweet Juliet, / Thy beauty hath made me effeminate, / And in my temper softened valour’s steel]’ That type of manhood, however, is not one this tremulous Romeo can long sustain. After the murder of Tybalt, he blubbers desperately at the Friar, clutching his sleeve and hiding his face in it. As Juliet, Tara Woodward is a bit self- regarding in the love scenes, but gains power as doom closes in.

The Independent

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AllStephenMoyer has obtained an original theatre programme of Stephen’s Romeo and Juliet, which contains information about the show and several photos of the main actors.

These are the photos in the programme featuring Stephen Moyer.

 

Romeo and Juliet Programme cover
Romeo and Juliet Programme cover

 

Rehearsal photo. Can you pick out Stephen?
Rehearsal photo. Can you pick out Stephen?

 

 

 

Leader Hawkins and Stephen Moyer
Leader Hawkins and Stephen Moyer

 

 

See the complete Romeo and Juliet programme.

 

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The production included a Japanese tour to Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo from 7 – 26 November.

Takayuki Ando, Professor of Chukyo University, wrote the following about one of the performances in the land of the rising sun.

Oxford Stage Company Performance in Japan

“Romeo and Juliet”

produced by John Retallack

In the autumn of 1994 the AAC mini theatre was filled with the enthusiasm of young people!

The Aichi Arts Center is not only an opera house. Do you know the first authentic experimental theatre in Aichi? The Oxford Stage Company, which is a popular stage company in England, Attracted a full house for days, and the masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” strongly captured the hearts of young people.

Opening in dim light. A large lace drape is drawn quietly. The expression of the nobility, lined against the background of a long wall, is dark. The chorus composed by Karl James begins. The pathetic structure is mindful of the 19th century artwork of the Romantics.

This completely captured the eye and the mind of the audience. Faultless juxtaposition, powerful sword fights, natural conversation and above all, a beautiful scene structure. Fifteen scenes are created by combining one lace drape and 12 wood panels. The producer Retallack said Shakespeare wrote his works on the assumption of a travelling performance. This is the answer for the mysterious “two hours” in the prologue, and my own reason for the simple stage devices. Retallack has returned to the original beginnings of Elizabethanperformances and is truly a producer that England can be proud of.

 

An image of the original Japanese play bill was conserved online.

 

For more information about Stephen Moyer On Stage visit: http://www.allstephenmoyer.com/stage/

Sources:
aac.pref.aichi.jp 1 & 2
Herald Scotland
The Shakespeare Survey Vol. 49

Twelve Angry Men programme and photo of Stephen Moyer as Tom Sawyer courtesy of the Emery family.

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hdgcat
hdgcat

It's amazing the things you guys dig up! Add me to the list of those who'd definitely go see Stephen in live theatre. There's nothing like it , you can't compare live performance with tv or movies, no doubt.

 

If he's like most British actors, he'll go back and forth between theatre and filmed work. Most of them love theatre, but , let's face it.....the tv and movie paychecks are nicer.

wiwa
wiwa

Thanks so much, I loved reading this and looking at all the pictures.

Cherie B
Cherie B

What an awesome find, Shad! Such a great read. Like others have mentioned, I'd give my right arm to see him on stage.

Kris Tin Wu
Kris Tin Wu

You know Zuz we all sit in the first row if Stephen would play in theatre again :)

Zuzana Tezera
Zuzana Tezera

WOW !!! What a bargain! completely Unbelievable! Thanks, Shad, I've enjoyed every word and every picture ...If Stephen is on stage again, of course I sit in the front row .. I would LOVE to see him play theater again .. the girl can always dream .. right, Billsbabes??

ZuzanaTezera
ZuzanaTezera

WOW !!! What a bargain! completely Unbelievable! Thanks, Shad, I've enjoyed every word and every picture ...If Stephen is on stage again, of course I sit in the front row .. I would LOVE to see him play theater again .. the girl can always dream .. right, Billsbabes??

ThelLou
ThelLou

Awesome find! I love the pics especially. My goal is to one day see Stephen on stage (and not just at Paley). I'll hop a plane immediately upon hearing he's treading the boards again.

callonmebill
callonmebill

Shad great find, thank you for posting, I'm having such fun reading about Stephen's early years.

Rowena75
Rowena75

 What a glorious find!  Thanks, Shad, for providing.  Lovely to see our BG in his younger days, and to experience his Romeo and Juliet through interviews, pictures, reviews and programs.

Jackie Hawkins
Jackie Hawkins

Phwoooaaaaarrrrr! He can be my Romeo any day!!! :)

Shadaliza
Shadaliza

 @ZuzanaTezera I was so thrilled to find this, I'd been wanting to see the programme for a long time. I bet he made a fine Romeo.

lynnpd
lynnpd

 @ThelLou Me too, can I also come!  Shad's right, we'd all be there. Would absolutely love to see him on the stage too.

Shadaliza
Shadaliza

 @Rowena75 I was so thrilled when I saw it on eBay and bought it immediately. We know so little about Stephen's early career years.

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