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Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: Romeo and Juliet

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: Romeo and Juliet

Jul. 07, 2016 UK210 Min.
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Lily James isJuliet Capulet
Juliet Capulet
Richard Madden isRomeo Montague
Romeo Montague
Derek Jacobi isMercrutio
Marisa Berenson isLady Capulet
Lady Capulet
Nikki Patel isBalthasar
Zoe Rainey isLady Montague
Lady Montague


Live theatre presentation of Shakespeare’s classic play about two teenagers from warring families whose love affair ends in tragedy.

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: Romeo and Juliet
Original titleKenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: Romeo and Juliet
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  • chwalker-christopherSeptember 18, 2016Reply

    Too many fussy ideas between us & the play

    Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo & Juliet, broadcast from the Garrick Theater,
    London, a performance recorded summer, 2016. A lot of bad ideas. No
    single one of them would have killed it but the concatenation drove me
    out of the theater. It isn’t necessarily a terrible idea to update the
    production to the 1950s (after all, what else is West Side Story?). It
    seems unnecessary to try to make the production visually reminiscent of
    an Italian film, but I might have gone along if the effect had been
    persuasive. Snippets of dialog in Italian, okay (but why bother?). Song
    and dance numbers, again, we’ve already got West Side Story in the
    repertory. Casting one of Romeo’s posse with a very much older actor
    than the others: I don’t reject it. Folks of different generations can
    indeed be friends.

    The problem was that it was Derek Jacobi, and he was determined to be
    irrepressible. Branagh evidently lacks the directorial gravitas to be
    able to say to an actor of that standing, ”Stop that. Stop doing that.
    Stop doing that, too. Tone that bit down, the line is good enough
    without so much mugging.”

    The production might have survived all the above but two further errors
    exasperated this listener. The first was that the telecast of the
    performance was preceded by 10 or 12 minutes of pre-taped interviews
    with contemporary London teenagers, asking them questions about the
    play itself and about what life as a teenager is like. The purpose of
    this was ham-handedly to remind the audience that the title characters
    are very young. But surely that is the business of the actors?

    The other irritant was the decision that the telecast should be in
    black and white. Obviously the live audience, in the theatre, were not
    seeing the play in black and white. The sets and costumes could not be
    equally effective for an audience seeing them in color and a simulcast
    audience seeing them in black and white. The idea was artsy and
    artificial, and it never became clear (to this viewer) what the effect
    was supposed to be.

    I stayed through the love scene, curiously devoid of romantic appeal,
    and fled quietly.

    Meera Syal demonstrated once more that the role of the Nurse is the
    best part in the play.

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