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This appears to be another entry in the same BBC series as "Hamlet" with Jamie Parker. The cast is largely unfamiliar (to me), apart from Ron Cook and David Tennant. But they all perform with gusto, and with its first-rate production values and music, it is one of the most riveting productions of the play I've heard.
Like the production of "Hamlet," there's one textual oddity to take note of. Most of the cuts are minor, but one significant scene was cut, and apart from time constraints, I can't figure out why. The scene with Peter and his list of guests to invite is missing. It's not a big scene, granted; it's only there to help connect the dots. It explains how Romeo and his friends learned about Capulet's ball and decided to attend. Without the scene, their arrival at the ball seems a bit disjointed.
But that's the only false note. Romeo and Juliet are especially affecting in this production, and the fight scenes are brief and brutal. David Tennant plays a subdued Prince Escalus, and Ron Cook a sad and reflective Friar Lawrence.
Even with the missing scene, this is an outstanding production and well worth a listen.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It is overall a great performance, but beware-many scenes are cut. However I enjoyed the listening very much and I felt that tone of the actors especially helped me understand the play better
Some of the words were a little to fast for me but is was great help with my school work 😊