Romeo and Juliet leave the theater from July 3 to August 12 to narrate the world’s most famous love story from the balcony of Capulet’s house in Verona. It’s “Romeo e Giulietta itinerante” – “Romeo and Juliet itinerant” -: thirty-six shows in two languages, Italian and English, in which the audience not only watches but also participates, practically elbow to elbow, with the two loves, between palace dances and square battles.
“Romeo e Giulietta Itinerante” returns to Verona for the thirty-fifth edition with thirty-six shows between July 3 to August 12, excluding Sundays. The story of the Shakespeare tale will be accompanied by the bilingual narration of Mercuzio, friend of the Montagues and young Romeo.
The shows will start, as usual, on the terrace of Juliet, overlooking the most famous balcony in the world. From the terrace the audience, following the actors, will be invited to the ball in the Capulet’ house to dance with the two lovers. And, after a quick passage to the Teatro Nuovo, down the ancient stairs where the spectators will divide into Montague and Capulet. The streets and squares of medieval Verona will then become the scene of a battle between the two rival families. Epilogue in the theater, almost dark, which will become the crypt of the end of love between Romeo and Juliet, between poisons and knives.
“Romeo e Giulietta Itinerante” is now in its 35th edition. It is the longest-running show in Verona after the “Aida” Areniana. Born in 1989, the show was created to revive the myth of Romeo and Juliet as well as the relationship between Verona and Shakespeare. It is performed year after year by the Teatro Stabile Verona and for over twenty years has experienced enormous success with Veroneses and tourists. The direction of this edition, in fact, in addition to Italian, will have several moments in English.
This year, two hundred and ninety-two Italian actors, both resident in Italy and abroad, participated in auditions. Almost all of them come from prestigious schools including the Scuola del Piccolo in Milan, the MTS Musical in Milan, the Scuola per attori del Teatro Stabile di Torino, the Accademia d’arte drammatica Silvio D’Amico in Rome and the Bernstein School of Musical Theater in Bologna.
“Romeo e Giulietta Itinerante” is part of the programming of the Estate Teatrale Veronese – Veronese Theatrical Summer. The cost of the full ticket is 20 euros, reduced Verona Card and Ippogrifo Guide 15 euros and can be purchased in the Box Office of the Teatro Nuovo, in piazza Viviani 10, at the Box Office in via Pallone or simply online at www.boxol.it/BoxOfficelive. In case of bad weather, the show will take place indoors, in the spaces of the Teatro Nuovo including the romantic nineteenth-century foyer renamed Piccolo teatro di Giulietta.