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Katherine Jenkins

The Diary: Juliet and her Romeo; The Blind Side; Popstar to Opera

Theatre-goers can't move for star-cross'd lovers this spring. These days, though, it's not enough merely to stage the greatest romantic tragedy of them all: you need an angle. First up is Colchester's Mercury Theatre production, in which the seven-piece Astillero Tango Orchestra from Buenos Aires are putting their sultry stamp on the action. Then in Bristol next month comes "Juliet and her Romeo", a radically reconfigured romance in which the lovers are not callow, starry-eyed youths but octogenarians (played by Siân Phillips and Michael Byrne) whose children (rather than parents) are trying to prevent their nuptials. Hot on its heels comes the RSC, with 30-somethings Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale in the leads and "Enron" director Rupert Goold at the helm. Details on the production are being kept under wraps though, judging by the whizz-bangery of Goold's "Macbeth", this will be no pedestrian passion. "There's a lot of fire in the production", confirms a spokesperson, cryptically.

Noise and passion show success of Cardiff gamble

The jury is still out so far as the pitch goes. But the beer did not run dry, there was more than enough food to feed the 16,000 spectators and England were not left wanting yesterday when it came to passionate and vocal support. Yes, all in all, the world's newest Test ground passed its first examination with flying colours.

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