Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Chernobyl, Judy) and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country, The Crown) will play the star-crossed lovers in a new made-for-screen version of Romeo & Juliet.
Simon Godwin (Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) directs Shakespeare's timeless play, adapted for television by Emily Burns. The vast stage spaces of the Lyttelton theatre will be temporarily transformed into a studio to film Shakespeare’s timeless play for a new generation of audiences.
Romeo & Juliet will be released as an original film on Sky Arts (UK), which is now available to watch on Freeview channel 11 and on Freeview Play, and PBS (US) in Spring 2021.
Romeo & Juliet was originally to have played to theatre audiences in the NT’s Olivier auditorium from summer 2020. Reconceived for the screen, this new 90-minute version will be shot with a collaborative team of theatre and film experts, embracing the architecture of the theatre space in telling the story.