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Romeo & Juliet

An original film for television coming in 2021

Sky Arts (UK) and PBS (US)

Romeo & Juliet

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.

As previously announced for the Olivier production, Fisayo Akinade (Antony and CleopatraThe Antipodes, Barber Shop Chronicles) will play Mercutio.

The cast will also now feature Lucian Msamati (Amadeus, His Dark Materials) as the Friar, Deborah Findlay (Coriolanus, The Split) in the role of the Nurse, Tamsin Greig (Twelfth Night, Talking Heads) as Lady Capulet, Shubham Saraf (A Suitable Boy) as Benvolio, David Judge (My Brilliant Friend) as Tybalt, Alex Mugnaioni (The Visit) as Paris and Ellis Howard (Catherine the Great) as Sampson.

 

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Presented by Sky Arts, PBS and No Guarantees, Romeo & Juliet will be produced by the National Theatre, in association with Sabel Productions and Cuba Pictures.  

Romeo & Juliet is supported by Leila Maw Straus.

Cast

Mercutio
Fisayo Akinade
Tamsin Greig
Lady Capulet
Tamsin Greig
Ellis Howard
Sampson
Ellis Howard
David Judge
Tybalt
David Judge
Friar Laurence
Lucian Msamati
Shubham Saraf
Benvolio
Shubham Saraf

Production team

Photo of Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor by Seb Nevols