OK, for any of you who will be in Iceland in June and want to see something other than Iceland’s boring natural landscapes [YAWN], here’s a tip.
Vesturport, without a doubt the best-known Icelandic theatre company outside of Iceland, has returned to Iceland with its acrobatic [yes!] version of Romeo and Juliet for a few performances this month. This is the production that launched Vesturport’s career back in 2002. Upon premiering Romeo and Juliet in Iceland they were subsequently invited to perform it in the UK for three separate runs, and have since toured with it all over the world. Their other productions have done really well also, and they regularly collaborate with Nick Cave, who has done music for several of their plays.
I saw Romeo and Juliet in Iceland just after it premiered and can highly recommend it. It’s performed in Icelandic, but since it’s Romeo and Juliet, everyone more or less knows the story, right? Besides, the acrobatics are spectacular enough to stand on their own.
Romeo and Juliet is performed at the City Theatre and tickets can be purchased through midi.is [choose “Finna Miða”]. If you’re interested I’d get your tickets soon, since they’ve just added two extra shows due to popular demand, i.e. they’re playing to full houses.
Incidentally, the Icelandic Theatre Awards – Gríman, will be presented tomorrow evening and I’m really looking forward to it. In my view it’s the only Icelandic award show worth its salt, mostly due to the sheer number of competing productions. The Icelandic theatre scene is incredibly vibrant and I have seen some fantastic productions this year. My prediction is that either Jesús litli [Little Jesus — a wonderful twist on the nativity story] or Íslandsklukkan [by Halldór Laxness, one of the best productions I have ever seen, incredibly moving] will take home the top prize.
[NB just in case you were wondering this is NOT a sponsored review. I don’t even know those people and they have never invited me to one of their shows. Boo hoo.]