'A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life'
Dominic Dromgoole's production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare's most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story. Ellie Kendrick, a truly youthful Juliet, and Adetomiwa Edun, a boyish Romeo, head an excellent cast whose period costumes point to the timelessness of parental disapproval, adolescent temperament, rivalry and violence. Filmed before a live audience at Shakespeare's Globe in the heart of London, its intimate and atmospheric setting adds immediacy and vitality to the humour and passion of Shakespeare's verse.
A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another man in marriage, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between the two families – and while the adults remain almost comically preoccupied with their own affairs, among their children a hidden tragedy begins to unfold.
Running time: 172 mins
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What you have to say
David Hirst David Hirst
This was a brilliant production.
Jeanette Higgs Jeanette Higgs
It was a wonderful production.
Joy Harris Joy Harris
Brilliant production saw it twice!
Keith Thomas Keith Thomas
Congratulations on the screening of the beautiful production of Romeo and Juliet. The last time I saw the play on stage was in 1952 with Richard Burton as Romeo and Claire Bloom as Juliet at the pre-National Theatre Old Vic!