UKRAINIAN CULTURE

REUTERS: Romeo and Juliet find new stage in a Soviet factory in Ukraine

Ukraine's Ivano-Frankivsk drama theatre has staged a new interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet" in the industrial halls of an old Soviet factory in western Ukraine

Reuters
Friday, 04 June 2021 15:57

A theatre in Ukraine's Ivano-Frankivsk has reinvented William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', staging it in the industrial halls of an old Soviet factory.

Before the performance starts, spectators are given hard hats and a map to navigate through the factory's workshops and on to the theatre's basement.

The audience follows the actors through different locations as the performance unfolds, watching from different angles.

Rostyslav Derzhypilsky, head of Ivano-Frankivsk drama theatre and director of 'Romeo and Juliet', gives Shakespeare's story a modern twist. Instead of the opening scene of a ball at the Capulet's house, Romeo meets Juliet in a nightclub.

Derzhypilsky said he wanted the performance to have a 'post-apocalyptic' feel.

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