Mad Blood Stirring: Five minutes with Adam Newington

Written by Sarah
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4th February 2019
A young man, not directly looking at the camera, standing in a purple spotlight.

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Alongside the UK tour of our new adaptation of the timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring, we are catching up each week with one of our wonderful cast members; kicking off with Adam Newington who played Romeo.

Can you describe Romeo in three words?

Passionate, honest, dreamer

Romeo is quite the romantic and a poet. Do you have a favourite poem?

I’m not massive on poetry, I tried to write some when I was a teenager and it was terrible – best left to Romeo. If I had to pick an individual poem though and sticking with the Shakespeare theme I’d go with Sonnet 130, which is a belter, very romantic and always makes me laugh.

If you could go back in time to when Shakespeare was alive, which one of his plays would you like to see performed?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of my favourites and always makes me laugh, plus I’d love to see how they did the magic back then.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before a performance starts?

I’ve set myself the challenge of learning to skip properly by the end of this run, and it acts as a nice physical warm up so I’ll be doing that.
Romeo is a bit of a rebel against his parents, what is the most rebellious thing you’ve ever done?

You should probably ask my Mum for that, I’m sure she will have a long list…


Romeo and Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring toured nationally to The Albany, London; The Core at Corby Cube; Z-arts, Manchester; Warwick Arts Centre; New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Oxford Playhouse.

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Photo: Adam Newington playing Romeo, in Romeo & Juliet – Mad Blood Stirring.