Romeo and Juliet, Starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor, Gets Broadcast Date

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Romeo and Juliet, Starring Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor, Gets Broadcast Date

The London National Theatre made-for-TV-movie will debut on PBS this spring.

The Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor-led Romeo and Juliet film from London’s National Theatre will air on PBS April 23 at 9 PM ET as part of its Great Performances series.

As previously announced, the made-for-TV-movie is being presented in lieu of an in-person staging at the U.K. institution. Romeo and Juliet is directed by NT Associate Simon Godwin and adapted by Emily Burns. The London venue’s Lyttelton stage was turned into a film studio, making this the first time an original production for the screen was created at the National Theatre’s campus.

Joining Buckley and Josh O’Connor in the cast are Olivier winners Deborah Findlay and Tamsin Greig as the Nurse and Lady Capulet, respectively, Fisayo Akinade as Mercutio, Lucian Msamati as the Friar, Shubham Saraf as Benvolio, David Judge as Tybalt, Alex Mugnaioni as Paris, and Ellis Howard as Sampson.

The adaptation is set in present-day Italy, where Catholic and secular values clash as two young lovers strive to transcend a world of violence and corruption.

“Shakespeare’s potential for reinvention is endless,” said 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.”

Great Performances: Romeo & Juliet is produced by the National Theatre in association with Sabel Productions and Cuba Pictures. Executive Producers are Rufus Norris, Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre; Dixie Linder, Cuba Pictures; David Horn, Great Performances; Christine Schwarzman & Darren Johnston, No Guarantees; and Philip Edgar Jones, Sky Arts.

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