About Juliet

Juliet Gilkes Romero is an award winning Playwright and Journalist. She has reported for the BBC from countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Her next play The Whip will open at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Swan stage. She is also under commission at Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic Theatre, for the BBC TV series Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle.

Juliet was recently the RSC-Birmingham University Creative Fellow and is under commission at Eclipse Theatre.

Her latest theatre production was Day of the Living which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in June 2018 and is published by Oberon Books.
Juliet is currently writing a new musical with composer Tim Sutton.



RSC – The Whip

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s new season has been announced including a new play from Juliet Gilkes Romero.


Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle

Juliet is one of eight writers involved in the BBC’s Windrush TV series.


Day of the Living

“Day of the Living threatens to blow minds and break hearts with its gob-smacking blend of Mexican folklore, Day of the Dead imagery, song and dance used to tell the unbearably tragic story of the night 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, in 2014”

Stratford Upon Avon Herald

“Its flurry of colour, spirit and celebratory verve at first belies, but gradually reveals, the obscenities of the cartel-related crimes it describes”
The Stage

“Electrifyingly inventive… radiating anger, defiance and, ultimately, hope. Fiercely effective”
The Times

Find out what audiences think about Day of the Living and #WeAreArrested, a double-bill of new plays as part of the Mischief Festival. Playing at The Other Place until 23 June 2018.

Find out more about Day of the Living with Juliet’s Q&A

Upper Cut

“The dialogue is snappy, lucid and forceful throughout…. stirring political theatre”
Plays to See

“Juliet Gilkes Romero’s smart new play about the black Labour movement, is an urgent and necessary work… worth seeing for the shock value alone”
The Times

“The real strength of ‘Upper Cut’ is how, in its own subtle way, it suggests that becoming a politician can and should be something anyone can aspire to.”
Time Out

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015

At The the Gates of Gaza

“If the play’s underlying message is one of patriotism betrayed by racism, the overriding impression is more of warmth than wrath”
The Telegraph

“This remarkable new play delivers with unerring accuracy a short sharp kick in the guts”
The Stage

Winner Best Play Writers Guild Award, 2009