‘Romeo & Juliet’ Film on PBS

Josh O’Connor, known to American audiences as Prince Charles in Netflix’s The Crown, and Fargo’s Jessie Buckley are Shakespeare’s eternally star-crossed paramours in Great Performances: Romeo & Juliet

The film debuts today, April 23, at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings for channel and time in your area), at pbs.org/gperf and via the PBS Video app. It’s also available to dues-paying members via PBS Passport.

The National Theatre production uses backstage spaces at the Lyttelton Theatre in London to set the scene for the romantic tragedy involving two young lovers from violently competing factions.

The cast includes Fisayo Akinade (Mercutio), Shubham Saraf (Benvolio), Deborah Findlay (the Nurse),  David Judge (Tybalt), Alex Mugnaioni (Paris), Ellis Howard (Sampson), Tamsin Greig (Lady Capulet) and Lucian Msamati (the Friar).

Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Simon Godwin helmed the production, which Emily Burns adapted for television.

“Shakespeare’s potential for reinvention is endless,” said director Simon Godwin. “Over 17 days of filming, the company was united by a sense of shared exploration. As well as being given intimate access to the thoughts and feelings of characters, we were able to bring to life remarkable, forgotten spaces at The National Theatre. Desire, dreams and destiny came together to make Romeo & Juliet sing in an entirely new way.”

“During the ongoing performance shutdown in London and New York, we’re delighted to participate in this compelling hybrid of theater and film that brings an exciting contemporary perspective to one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays,” said Great Performances Executive Producer David Horn.

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