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Romeo and Juliet performed in Trinity’s Chapel for the first time

Trinity students are staging Shakespeare’s tragic romance in the College Chapel for the first time.

The Monday 4 March performances, at 3pm and 8pm, feature Trinity students in the cast and behind scenes.

Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in 1597 and it was one of his most popular plays in his lifetime. The Dryden Society’s abridged production features Shaira Berg as Juliet and Johnny Kennedy as Romeo.

Dryden Society Secretary Sophie Rayner (above) directs the play, which she co-produced with Shaira Berg.

Shaira, who is President of the Dryden Society, said:

While the Chapel has been used for various operas, concerts and plays before, it has not yet seen any of Shakespeare’s works performed as far as Cambridge theatre records show. Given the Chapel’s rich cultural heritage and Trinity College’s longstanding tradition in the arts, performing a classic Shakespearean tragedy will be a special experience for both the audience and the production team.

The students chose Romeo & Juliet because its themes of love, tragedy and conflict resonated across generations and cultures. ‘Its exploration of passion, familial discord, and the consequences of impulsive actions makes it a compelling choice for adaptation and performance,’ said Shaira.

Other Trinity students involved in the production include Banu Ali as Sampson and Phoebe Hall as Prince.

The play is open to all and tickets are £7pp, bookable via

Photos: Dik Ng

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