The lockdown-inspired version of Romeo and Juliet is, well, inspired.
What light through yonder window breaks? Well, if you happen to live on one north London street, it’s probably your neighbours performing a bit of Shakespeare. Footage has emerged on Twitter of several neighbours reciting scenes from Romeo and Juliet, and it’s pretty stirring stuff. Give it a watch! (Featured image: Sasha Frost, via Twitter)
Doin’ a bit of Shakespeare outta the Window…it’s how we get down in North London 🤷🏽♀️🎭 Trying to entertain & cheer up our neighbours this weekend #CheWalker @Ruthgibson2000 & Adolpho on ALL the instruments ✨#streettheatre #RomeoAndJuilet #lockdown pic.twitter.com/6MFJWvMrMP
— Sasha Frost (@Sashadfrost) April 6, 2020
This is how we do #lockdown in NW3. Entertaining the neighbours (all audience members must be 2m apart). pic.twitter.com/VFoRyem8CX
— Ruth Gibson (@Ruthgibson2000) April 5, 2020
The iconic balcony scene (an appropriate choice, given that this is Shakespeare performed from the windows) is captured on camera, and the big round of applause at the end indicates it was a performance welcomed by all. There’s even a musical accompaniment, so you know they’ve really gone all out for this! Hey, given the speed with which modern events are woven into modern Shakespeare productions, we’re probably only a season away from The Globe trying this…
Speaking of The Globe, they’re streaming some of their best-loved Shakespeare plays for free right now.
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