(Maddy Costa's article appeared in the Guardian, 3/14.)

Juliet and Her Romeo: Star-crossed senior citizens

Romeo and Juliet as 80-year-olds who fall in love at a tea dance? Maddy Costa meets the cast of a bold new production

At 76, Siân Phillips has reached the age when male actors of her generation and stature are squaring up to such titans in the Shakespeare canon as Lear and Prospero. She, meanwhile, must be content with somewhat lesser parts: the Nurse from Romeo and Juliet, say, or Mistress Quickly, the pub landlady in Henry IV. "They're very nice roles," she says, in the tone of someone accepting a ham sandwich in lieu of steak au poivre.

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