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Romeo & Juliet

Broadcast at 9pm Friday 23 April on PBS (US)
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

5 star rating

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley captivate in a pacy, painterly and emotionally raw production

Guardian
5 star rating

Riveting. A testament to the power of the imagination

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

All the verve of a slickly edited movie, yet still exudes an aura of raw theatricality.

The Times
4 star rating

The National Theatre has created a thing of beauty

Evening Standard

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. In defiance of their feuding families, they chase a future of joy and passion as violence erupts around them.

This bold new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.

Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) play Juliet and Romeo. The award-winning cast includes Tamsin Greig, Fisayo Akinade, Adrian Lester, Lucian Msamati, Deborah Findlay.  

Romeo & Juliet  premiered at 9pm on Sky Arts on Sunday 4 April, repeated on 5 and 8 April at. It is now available to watch online any time with a NOW TV entertainment pass or Sky subscription.

It will premiere in the US at 9pm Friday 23 April on PBS.

 

Sky Arts is free to view in the UK: Freeview channel 11; Freesat channel 147

The cast also includes Fisayo Akinade as Mercutio, Ella Dacres as Peta, Deborah Findlay as the Nurse, Tamsin Greig as Lady Capulet, Ellis Howard as Sampson, Lloyd Hutchinson as Lord Capulet, David Judge as Tybalt, Adrian Lester as the Prince, Lucian Msamati as the Friar, Alex Mugnaioni as Paris, Shubham Saraf as Benvolio and Colin Tierney as Lord Montague.

 

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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.  

Filming of Romeo & Juliet in the Lyttelton Theatre has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Joanna and Graham Barker, and Leila Maw Straus. 

With additional support from Monica Gerard-Sharp and Ali Wambold, and Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly.

Official Trailer: Romeo & Juliet with Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley

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How We Made It: Romeo & Juliet | Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre

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Cast

Mercutio
Fisayo Akinade
Tamsin Greig
Lady Capulet
Tamsin Greig
Ellis Howard
Sampson
Ellis Howard
Lord Capulet
Lloyd Hutchinson
David Judge
Tybalt
David Judge
Photo portrait of Adrian Lester in a black crew-neck top
Prince
Adrian Lester
Friar Laurence
Lucian Msamati
Shubham Saraf
Benvolio
Shubham Saraf
Colin Tierney
Lord Montague
Colin Tierney

Production team

Photo of Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor by Rob Youngson