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Romeo and Juliet

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1986 modern dress production of Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Michael Bogdanov with Sean Bean as Romeo and Niamh Cusack as Juliet.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
29 Oct 1986
Duration
185 mins

Credits

Director
Michael Bogdanov
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Hiroshi Sato
Production Design
Ginny Humphreys
Cast
Sean BeanRomeo
Niamh CusackJuliet
Michael KitchenMercutio
Robert DemegerFriar Laurence
Dilys LayeNurse
Anna NyghLady Capulet
Brian LawsonApothecary
Caroline JohnsonLady
Cornelia HayesLady
David GloverEscalus, Prince of Verona
Dennis EdwardsOld Capulet (Capulet’s cousin)
Donald McBridePeter
Eileen PageLady Montague
Hugh QuarshieTybalt
Jenni GeorgeLady
John PatrickSampson
Lucy HancockLady
Malcolm HassallAbram
Martin JacobsBenvolio
Patrick RobinsonCitizen of the Watch
Philip SullyBalthasar
Richard MooreCapulet
Robert MorganParis
Roger WatkinsMontague
Sean O’CallaghanGregory
Stan PrettyEsaculus’ aide
Stanley DawsonFriar John

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1980s
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Romeo and Juliet

Notes

Notes
'As we enter the Stratford theatre, a rock group is playing mood-indigo music, a black guy is cruising round the marble-smooth stage on roller-skates and there is a pervasive whiff of black leather’ (Michael Billington, Guardian (10 April 1986).
General
The fast-paced production with its emphasis on youth, popular music, fast cars, flick knives and the news media pre-empted Baz Luhrmann’s film by almost 20 years.
History
Press night 8 April 1986. The production transferred to the Barbican.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Jackson, Russell (ed.) Players of Shakespeare 2 pp121-35. Niamh Cusack discusses her preparation for, and interpretation of, the role of Juliet. Wells, Stanley TLS: Times Literary Supplement 25 April 1986. p448.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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