Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare Street

As a way of honouring Stratford-upon-Avon's famous son, William Shakespeare, Coventry residents performed a special version of Romeo and Juliet.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, The Belgrade Theatre and Highly Sprung Performance Company worked with the residents of Coventry (rehearsing near to Shakespeare Street in the Stoke area of the city) to stage a production of Romeo & Juliet on 22 April.

Friends, families and neighbours of all ages and abilities became the cast for this unique production. With expert guidance and training from The Belgrade and Highly Sprung, participants performed their version of one the Bard's most iconic and loved plays.

More about the project on the BBC website:

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC

It's been an amazing weekend on screen and on air - starting, for me, with a visit to our brilliant team in BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, who inspired their listeners to put on a piece of street theatre, bringing Shakespeare right into the heart of the city.

Sarah Worth, Artistic Director

Shakespeare Street represented a rare opportunity to bring together a cast from the community that represented all ages and backgrounds. It was a wonderful experience to work with a group of people that were so committed to both the project and each other. Their motivation for the project was infectious and created a strong sense of community, which  developed throughout the project. The group were always very sensitive and understanding of each others needs and worked with enthusiasm through every task and activity. It is not often that we have the privilege of working with such a large and diverse cast so driven by their belief in a project and what it represents to them. 

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Registered office: Unit 4, Sandy Lane Business Park, Coventry, CV1 4DQ

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