Kiss of the Earth

Shakespeare’s legacy. Stravinsky’s masterpiece. Romeo and Juliet like you have never seen before.

Concert Theatre presents a breathtaking fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. With a cast of five Lecoq-trained actors and classical pianists from Royal Academy of Music, the two classic tales collide with stirring music and mesmerising physical theatre.

The audience embarks on a journey of wordless storytelling expertly animated through commedia half masks. The heart-felt melodies of The Rite of Spring sets Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers against the pounding, barbaric rhythms of the deadly feud between Montagues and Capulets. Every movement, every dissonance, and every silence heightens the tragic fate of the young lovers.

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‘Entwining Romeo & Juliet and Rite of Spring brings the play’s primal themes of tribal feuds, sacrifice and love to the fore.’ – Martin Cullingford, Gramophone

‘The best physical theatre I’ve ever seen’, Katy Proctor, Everything Theatre****

‘Totally stunning performance. […] [Concert Theatre is] a brilliant concept, and it is also a way of introducing people to seemingly challenging subject matters and artistic means of expressions in a bold and thoroughly engaging way.’- Paul Max Edlin, Artistic Director of Deal Festival

‘Truly breathtaking and original’ – Views from the God*****


‘Kiss of Earth is not like anything I’d seen before, it’s brave and challenging — introducing a new way of interlinking two iconic works and giving both a fresh perspective’.- Gill Sutherland, Stratford Herald

kiss_of_the_earth022Creative Team

Co-Directors: An-Ting Chang, Russell Bender
Designer: Cécile Trémolières
Fight Choreographer: Yarit Dor
Pianists: Belle Chen, Arabella Pare, An-Ting Chang
Performers and Devisors: Ben Hadley, Kim Heron, Dorie Kinear, Alex Lehman, Monika Lindeman, Bradley Wayne Smith, Nectarios Theodorou
Production Partner: Eito Music Ltd.