Immersive cinema experts Secret Cinema have announced that its next production will be Baz Luhrmann’s reinterpretation of arguably Shakespeare’s best known play, the romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet.
Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet will take part in an undisclosed open air London location, running Wednesday to Sunday nights from 9 – 19th August.
The production will be set in Verona Beach. Following past productions of Star Wars and most recently Blade Runner, Secret Cinema Presents William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet will be the largest event produced by Secret Cinema, with an anticipated audience of 5,000 per evening, and viewing figures of 50,000 over the two weeks.
Secret Cinema’s founder and chief creative officer Fabien Riggall comments: “We are excited to launch our summer festival with William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. The film depicts some profoundly important social issues, such as youth violence, that remain as relevant in London today as they did in Shakespeare’s Fair Verona. We will be working with MAC-UK a London mental health youth charity who support young people out in the communities where and when they need it.”
Matthew Bennett, the production’s creative director noted, “Each night will see thousands of people take part in a carnival of performance expression, a living world of one of the greatest love stories ever told. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet has epic ingredients with which we can play with: from the legendary characters, the rich backstory of families feuding along with all the anthems for the audience to discover and sing across our world.”
Tickets for the production will go on sale tomorrow, 18 May, at 12pm. Ticket prices start at £49.