TV actress takes on first Shakespeare play

Romeo and Juliet will be performed at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from February 2-19. Pictured is Daniel Boyd and Catrin Stewart.
Romeo and Juliet will be performed at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from February 2-19. Pictured is Daniel Boyd and Catrin Stewart.
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A tale of star crossed lovers; a familiar tale to many, as one of Shakespeare’s most recognised and performed plays. A boy and a girl from opposing families fall hopelessly in love with one another, With the plot taking place over five days, the Nuffield Theatre is putting on Romeo and Juliet.

With Headlong Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse, it runs from February 2-18, before going on a national tour.

Playing Juliet is Catrin Stewart. The name may not sound too familiar, but the young actress is currently playing Emma in Sky TV series, Stella, written by and starring Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones, who plays her mother.

Talking about the series, she says: ‘As mother and daughter we have to have a really important relationship, but it was so much fun. Over six months, it also ends up like a little family. It was my first big TV role.’

After spending six months filming in Cardiff last year, she jumped at the chance to take part in a Shakespeare play, and went through several auditions for the part.

She says: ‘I wanted the challenge of it. Only a certain amount of people get to play Juliet, and only a small age group can play it.

‘When I met Rob (Icke) the director I thought I really like this. Getting the chance to play Juliet is amazing!’

Having been performed countless times over the past 400 years, the play is set in modern times.

Catrin explains: ‘It’s still in Venice but without Italian accents. We’ve discussed a lot the elements of time in the play. We’re seeing what would happen if we did a moment and then when back on it. I don’t want to reveal too much.

‘I think it’s going to be really exciting. We’re really trying to make it relevant to a modern audience, and it’s a young cast too.’

But, looking ahead she’s excited to go on her first tour with Romeo and Juliet, as she feels ‘every actor should experience it.’

Having only graduated from drama school in 2010, Catrin has also appeared in a number of other TV programmes including Misfits, and Doctor Who, in which she appeared in last year’s mid series finale. She says: ‘It was really fun but quite a strange character playing this lizard. Being on the set with all the action was crazy, especially having to fight headless monks.’

Daniel Boyd plays Romeo, who will be seen in Rupert Goold’s film version of Richard II, due for release this year.

Tickets cost £10 to £19 from the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8067 1771 or go to Follow the production on Twitter #starxlovers.