Romeo and Juliet: nominated for an Audie

I’m absolutely gobsmacked to tell you that Romeo and Juliet, my adaptation for Audible narrated so splendidly by Richard Armitage, has been nominated for an audio ‘Oscar’, the Audies.

Wow. This is my third nomination, the first two with my good friend A.J. Hartley for Macbeth and Hamlet (the latter with Richard too). I’m incredibly grateful to all the people at Audible who made this project possible, and Richard for a narration performance that exceeded my wildest dreams.

Here’s the full list — such company to be in. The winner will be announced in New York City on May 31st. Thanks again everyone!



Julia & Romeo is now live on Audible Germany

Julia & Romeo, my dramatic reimagining of the famous love story, is now live on Audible Germany. You can read more about the project there and listen to a clip. Here is some of my own background on the project.

Once again, many thanks to the forty-odd actors, musicians and back room staff at Audible in Berlin who’ve made this fascinating project possible. I’m on tenterhooks waiting to see what people make of it.

Julia & Romeo: a new dramatic version in German

Julia & Romeo is a new dramatic adaptation of the the world’s most famous love story from  Audible Germany.

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Is this simply a dramatised version of the English original performed so wonderfully by Richard Armitage and released last December? Not at all. It’s a fresh adaptation as a full-blown audio drama with a cast of well-known German actors, specially-written music, effects and a brand new script. So yes, this is an adaptation of an adaptation, one which returns to the original medium of drama where Shakespeare first popularised the story.

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Some of the real history behind Romeo and Juliet

Most of Romeo and Juliet is fiction. But not all. Since I set the story very firmly in 1499 I was able to introduce a few touches of real history too, fragments of Italy which resonate with the story and are still with us today. Here are a few examples. The rest I’ll leave to others to discover. And to find what it means in the story itself go to Audible here.

The mythical, magical Ursula

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