News - Romeo and Juliet


Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor are star-crossed lovers in a bold new film adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play from the National Theatre, coming to a TV screen near you for FREE on Sky Arts and PBS next month. Watch the trailer...


Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. In defiance of their feuding families, they chase a future of joy and passion as violence erupts around them.

This new film brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre in which desire, dreams and destiny collide to make Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy sing in an entirely new way.

Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy) is Juliet and Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) plays Romeo in the film, directed by Simon Godwin. The award-winning cast also includes Fisayo Akinade as Mercutio, Ella Dacres as Peta, Deborah Findlay as the Nurse, Tamsin Greig as Lady Capulet, Ellis Howard as Sampson, Lloyd Hutchinson as Lord Capulet, David Judge as Tybalt, Adrian Lester as the Prince, Lucian Msamati as the Friar, Alex Mugnaioni as Paris, Shubham Saraf as Benvolio and Colin Tierney as Lord Montague.



Romeo & Juliet will premiere on Sky Arts at 9pm Sunday 4 April in the UK (Freeview channel 11, Freesat 147, or live online on Freeview Player) and 9pm Friday 23 April on PBS in the US (check local listings).

Photo of Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor by Rob Youngson