Great Performances: Romeo & Juliet

Theatrical imaginations were celebrated with Romeo & Juliet, a compelling hybrid of theater and film produced under strict COVID-19 restrictions at the National's Lyttelton Theatre.

The production was a part of #PBSForTheArts, a joint multiplatform campaign from The WNET Group and PBS, which celebrated the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening.

  • 137,391 Streams

    Streaming numbers for the program were 77% higher than any other Great Performances‘ program this season.

  • 225.37K Social Engagements

    The #PBSForTheArts hashtag has received significant engagement on social media platforms, a symbol of audiences directly interacting with the social posts, such as commenting, sharing and liking.

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley starred in the production. The cast and crew had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic from a play to the innovative approach of a film about a play.

  • Because of the way it’s produced and shot, it serves as one of the most poignant and touching love stories about theater itself that could possibly come out of the devastation the pandemic has brought to live performance.

    – NPR
  • The lyrical result is the smoothest theater-film hybrid yet achieved since COVID-19 forced theaters to close.

    – Los Angeles Times

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