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BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Breakfast presenters Trish and Jo warm up the crowd before the performance.
The world’s greatest love story gets Cov-ed up
The world’s greatest love story ‘Romeo and Juliet’ took on a Coventry twist this evening when BBC Coventry & Warwickshire put the city’s people centre-stage to celebrate the Midland’s most famous son – Shakespeare.
Earlier this evening, the radio station put together a production of the love story at Broadgate in Coventry city centre as a way of marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
Over the past couple of months the cast, made up of engineers, teachers, IT managers, bar men, retail workers and students have worked closely with The Belgrade Theatre, Highly Sprung Performance Company and the RSC to prepare for the big night. They even received a crash course in acting from Bafta-award winner Jason Watkins (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Being Human).
Earlier in the day the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall, dropped by to meet each of the cast members who are from in and around a road near Coventry city centre called Shakespeare Street.
Andrew Bowman, Managing Editor at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “The event went really well and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It has not only been a remarkable day but pulling it all together over the last few months has been truly amazing.
“Coventry should be as proud of our local lad William Shakespeare as our neighbours Stratford upon Avon are. We wanted to give the residents of Coventry the chance to be a central part of our commemorations and they did a fantastic job.
“It has been wonderful to see people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities bond in the process.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Images of cast available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03nwv93/p03nv2r1
Shakespeare Street is part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival 2016 - the most far-reaching celebration
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