The 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare’s Globe is now streaming online.
Packed with love, family feuds and a dose of comedy, Romeo and Juliet is a full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance (with no interval) in the Globe Theatre designed to introduce students and families to Shakespeare.
A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another man in marriage, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between the two families – and while the adults remain almost comically preoccupied with their own affairs, among their children a hidden tragedy begins to unfold.
The cast features Nathan Walsh as Romeo, Charlotte Beaumont as Juliet, Stuart Bowman as Lord Capulet, Jeff Alexander as Friar Laurence/ Lord Montague, Debbie Chazen as Nurse/ Lady Montague, Christopher Chung as Paris/ Prince Escalus/ Abraham, Ned Derrington as Mercutio/ Sampson/ Friar John, Hermione Gulliford as Lady Capulet, Shalisha James-Davis as Benvolio, and Ayoola Smart as Tybalt/ Apothecary.
The play is directed for the stage by Michael Oakley and for the screen by Glenn Barton. Also in the creative team are Olly Fox (composer), Alex Lowde (costume designer), Paul Isles (choreographer), and Richard Henry (musical director). Sophie Curtis and Paul Shuter serve as executive producers.
The production is available to stream for free until February 2021. In return, the company is accepting voluntary donations. According to their website, Shakespeare’s Globe generates 95% of its income from theater tickets and other on-site activities. Due to the pandemic, the company has been losing nearly £2 million a month.
You can watch the production below.