If asked what is the greatest love story of all time, most of us would say Romeo and Juliet. That, and the fact that this year marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, make the screening of Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet at K Cineplex Nicosia (Strovolos) and Paphos on Saturday a must see for anyone who loves love and the poetic words of a great story-teller.
Starring Orlando Bloom as Romeo and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad as Juliet, this 2013 recording is the first Broadway production of the play since 1977.
The play ran on Broadway in 2013 for 93 regular performances.
Like the 1996 film version, this fresh look at the play is updated for a modern audience by director David Leveaux, who gives it contemporary feel.
In this version, the two households that are both alike in dignity, are divided by their racial profiles, as the Montague family is played by white actors while the Capulet family by black.
Romeo makes quiet an entrance on his Triumph motorcycle, dressed in ripped jeans, a white t-shirt and red boots.
Expect the fancy-dress scene to be spectacular, the fight scene to be charged with dramatic overtones, Juliet’s playfulness and youth to be portrayed as she sits on a swing, and don’t be surprised to see the flames of a fire on stage, reflecting the rage of the characters and the passion between the two lovers.
Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet
Screening of the theatrical production with Orlando Bloom. May 28. K Cineplex Nicosia and Paphos. 7.30pm. €10/8. Tel: 24-819022