Belfry to present the North American premiere of A Tender Thing, Ben Power’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

[Image courtesy of Belfry Theatre]

[Image courtesy of Belfry Theatre]

“Wonderful and deeply affecting… an astonishingly powerful play.” Express & Star

“Incredibly effective, the language made fresh, its nerve endings exposed.” The Stage

From November 5 to December 8, 2013 the Belfry Theatre will present the North American premiere of A Tender Thing by Ben Power. In 2009 Power was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to craft a new play using Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as its foundation. Power re-imagined Shakespeare’s timeless lovers as an elderly couple facing mortality.

“It is about freeing the story. It’s about finding those things which are applicable to all of us, not just a Montague and a Capulet, but anybody, in whatever space and time, who have experienced the passions and tragedies, the highs and the lows of love,” says Power.

The premise is simple – rather than taking their own lives as in the original, our young lovers have grown old together. Now, as their lifetime of love and marriage comes to a close, they must negotiate their final exits. Shakespeare’s timeless poetry creates a new deeply romantic and powerful play in a strikingly different love story.

Directed by Peter Hinton (former Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre), A Tender Thing stars Clare Coulter (Belfry debut) and Peter Anderson (The Number 14 and Flying Blind for the Belfry).

Tickets for A Tender Thing are $25 to $40 (plus GST) at 250-385-6815 or online at


[from press release]