Tybalt played by Ricky Champ
Romeo and Juliet (2017)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Appearing in Romeo and Juliet, Ricky will play Tybalt and understudy Romeo.
"The dog is an endless source of comedy, which is funny now, but we're quickly realising how much of a danger that is! I had a costume fitting for my dog today, and it's wicked!"
As costume fittings begin, Ricky talks about his favourite moments from rehearsals so far, and Tybalt's least favourite foes.
"Tybalt is a proud man, who will fight and die for the Capulets' honour. Fire, definitely that is the element I have assigned him...but we're also finding moments of playfulness with Tybalt, of love with Tybalt, as well as his fire..."
Discussing his initial impressions of Tybalt, Ricky explores how these are developing in the rehearsal room.
"Romeo and Juliet is a play that has been done a thousand times, by a thousand different companies, a thousand different ways. And Daniel Kramer is going to put on this production in a way that nobody else has seen. It's going to be an artistic interpretation, but we're still going to tell the story. The text is still the star..."
As rehearsals continue, Ricky discusses performing at the Globe for the first time, working with Director Daniel Kramer, and his vision for the production.
"I actually read for Benvolio first and I said, 'I'd love to play him...but you know, I dream of playing Tybalt!' Daniel said, 'Well that's great to know. But whoever is playing Tybalt will be covering Romeo.' I was really intrigued. I think it's just how I look, my type, that I don't think I'll ever be cast as Romeo..."
As rehearsals begin, Ricky takes us through the various characters he will be both playing and understudying, including Tybalt, Romeo and a rather surprising role...