Shakespeare in the ’50s at St Mary and St John’s Primary School in North Luffenham

Right: Mille Carter as Juliet and Archie Roberts as Romeo''Photo: SM080711-143js

Right: Mille Carter as Juliet and Archie Roberts as Romeo''Photo: SM080711-143js

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THE TRAGIC tale of Romeo and Juliet has been given a revamp with a version set in the 1950s.

Year 6 children at St Mary and St John’s Primary School, North Luffenham, gave two performances of the tale to a packed audience of friends and family.

The tale was given a new twist thanks to the musical score which had a rock and roll vibe.

Teacher Clare Briggs said: “The children took charge of the entire show for an enterprise project including the props, costumes and budgets. The soundtrack which came with the script had a rock and roll style which inspired the children to set the play in the 1950s.

“It’s a school tradition for the Year 6 pupils to perform a Shakespeare play at the end of the year and the children really enjoyed it.”

Any profits made from ticket sales will go towards a school yearbook for the pupils who are leaving this summer and to pay for a caricaturist who was due to visit the school.