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Orlando Bloom’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Coming To Movie Theaters On Valentine’s

Orlando Bloom's 'Romeo & Juliet' Coming To Movie Theaters On Valentine's 1


His performance as tragic Shakespearian hero Romeo was only seen last year by a lucky few theatregoers during the play’s run from August to early December.

But now moviegoers will have the chance to catch Orlando Bloom in Romeo & Juliet when a recording of the play hits cinemas next month. reports that Screenvision and BroadwayHD teamed up to record the November 27 performance of the show at the Richard Rodgers Theatre under the direction of Emmy Award-winning Don Roy King.

The high definition recording will be put on wide release in more than 2,000 movie theatres in February.

‘It’s so great to capture it because who knows when it will be on Broadway again,’ Screenvision executive Darryl Schaffer told the website. ‘It’s just such a great production. We’re excited to bring it to movie theatres.’

Bloom made his Broadway début alongside Condola Rashad as Juliet in the modern mixed-raced update of the Shakespearean romance helmed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux.

With the average ticket price on Broadway $78, with a top ticket fetching $223, moviegoers will get a cut price deal, paying around $20 to see the film of the production. 

The play was filmed by nine cameras either situated in the front row seats or hidden around the stage.

‘It gives it a certain intimacy and urgency,’ Broadway HD founder Stewart F. Lane told People. ‘What we’ve done here is create a whole new art form.’

Lane added that he hoped the play’s release in cinemas would be the first of many. He said: ‘New York’s got the greatest pool of talent in the world and not everybody gets to see that. I am a theatre person at heart and this I’m hoping will help bring theatre into the 21st century.’

Despite Bloom’s star power, reviews for the play were poor, with the production even closing a month early after struggling at the box office.

However, Orlando, 36, was thrilled to be making his Broadway début, telling CNN last year: ‘That community of Broadway is a wonderful thing and I hadn’t been prepared for it until I became a part of it.

‘They really support one another, they feel like they are there for one another. The different houses, the different productions and actors see each other for drinks afterwards and it’s a hangout, and it’s not pretentious or uptight in any way.

‘It’s a very accessible world and real and people know what they are doing. They are killing themselves, in my case eight times a week. You know literally killing myself as Romeo or absolutely killing themselves on Broadway in musicals.’

By Cassie Carpenter and Eleanor Gower



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