Kenneth Branagh-Rob Ashford-Directed Romeo and Juliet to Hit U.S. Cinemas

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Lily James and Richard Madden star in the title roles.
Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

Picturehouse Entertainment and Fiery Angel will bring Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet to cinemas around the U.S. August 3-October 22.

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, broadcast Romeo and Juliet to more than 1,200 cinemas worldwide live from the West End’s Garrick Theatre July 7. Branagh and Rob Ashford directed Shakespeareʼs heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. The cast includes Lily James (Juliet), Richard Madden (Romeo), Derek Jacobi (Mercutio) and Meera Syal (The Nurse).

The cinema broadcast of Romeo and Juliet is presented in high-contrast black and white, and is directed by Benjamin Caron.

James Merchant, marketing manager for Picturehouse Entertainment, said, “Following the success of last year's The Winter's Tale, we are thrilled to be bringing Romeo and Juliet to American audiences. This dazzling production has been met with acclaim from both press and audiences in London's West End and features an incredible cast of new stars and legendary performers. With this year being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Romeo and Juliet is not to be missed.”

James, who plays Juliet, previously said, “The live broadcast is so exciting because it gets the play out of the Garrick Theatre and across the world, opening it up to an entirely different audience. It‘s great to get a younger audience in too, with the cheap tickets available for students. My brother will be watching in Australia! When Ken first talked to me about Romeo and Juliet he described how we would really try and capture the thriller aspect of the story and set it in 1950's Italy, firmly in the world of la dolce vita. The feel would be monochromatic, like those beautiful old black and white movies of that time, and it all immediately felt very filmic anyway. Howard Hudson has done such a brilliant job with the lighting and Christopher Oram’s set is so atmospheric and realistic, so hopefully the play will translate well to the cinema. I really think it's so exciting to see Shakespeare on film and to watch plays displaced from their original setting into a new medium. I can't wait!”

The cast also includes Marisa Berenson (Lady Capulet), Jack Colgrave Hirst (Benvolio), Tom Hanson (Paris), Matthew Hawksley (Anthony), Derek Jacobi (Mercutio), Lily James (Juliet), Taylor James (Prince), Ansu Kabia (Tybalt), Richard Madden (Romeo), Racheal Ofori (Potpan), Nikki Patel (Balthasar), Chris Porter (Lord Montague), Zoë Rainey (Lady Montague), Michael Rouse (Lord Capulet), Meera Syal (The Nurse), Sam Valentine (Friar Laurence) and Kathryn Wilder (Peter).

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(Updated July 25, 2016)

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