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The best theatre in the UK to stream this April

Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre and Barnes' People—all available from your sofa

By Michael Coveney  

Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor in Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Rob Youngson, National Theatre

Romeo and Juliet, National Theatre/Sky Arts, 4 April

The National Theatre’s projected staging of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy—with shooting stars Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley—was filmed over three weeks in the Lyttelton auditorium for Sky Arts and PBS in America (where it will air on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April.) Simon Godwin’s production has been reconceived for the screen with learning facilities and digital content available for young audiences online. The cast includes Tamsin Greig as Lady Capulet, Deborah Findlay as the Nurse, Lucian Msamati as Friar Lawrence, Fisayo Akinade as Mercutio and Adrian Lester as the Prince.

Barnes’ People, www.originaltheatre.com, 18…

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