BBC announces Redefining Juliet – brand new interpretation of Romeo And Juliet with disabled actors in lead roles

It’s great to be able to welcome diverse and alternate perspectives to BBC Four and the BBC’s celebration of Shakespeare this year.Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four
Date: 10.03.2016     Last updated: 11.03.2016 at 11.03
Category: BBC Four; Factual
Produced by Many Rivers Films and broadcast on BBC Four as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival, Redefining Juliet will follow creative director and wheelchair user Storme Toolis and her group of actors through the rehearsal process of their theatrical production - also titled Redefining Juliet - to the Barbican, where they will stage a triumphant recasting of Shakespeare’s iconic heroine.

This theatre production is a unique re-telling of Romeo And Juliet using a diverse group of actors – all with disabilities or differences. Tall, small, large, deaf, bald and wheelchair using - each owning the character of Juliet for themselves. Using a combination of original text and verbatim theatre from six Juliets and just one Romeo, Redefining Juliet transports Shakespeare's heroine right into the heart of today's diverse 21st century society.

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor of BBC Four, says: “It’s great to be able to welcome diverse and alternate perspectives to BBC Four and the BBC’s celebration of Shakespeare this year.”

Redefining Juliet was commissioned by Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning, BBC Arts. It is produced by Kevin Toolis, Ros Franey is the executive producer and the director is Glen Milner for Many Rivers Films. The executive producer for the BBC is Emma Cahusac.

For more information about the BBC Shakespeare Festival please visit bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/Shakespeare

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