“Two households, both alike in dignity,/in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny,…” These are the first verses of probably the most famous love story of all time, “the only tragedy which helped to create love itself” (G. E. Lessing). In fact, the oldest specimen of Shakespeare´s First Folio, kept at the Oxford University library, is the most worn on the pages where the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (as the play’s full name reads) is printed.
What can you do when you fall in love with someone whom by your parents’ orders you ought to hate? In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare tells the immortal story of two young lovers who are kept from each other by a dispute between their families and who risk everything to be together. But what should you do when love at first sight becomes an intense passion and then a desperate desire to end a conflict which has lasted generations?
Romeo and Juliet is returning to Brno City Theatre after twenty years, and this time to the Bishop´s Courtyard, whose summer atmosphere will definitely suit the emotional story of a love that’s overshadowed by hatred. It will be directed by Stanislav Slovák, who has a lot of successful experience with productions at the Bishop´s Courtyard.