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The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth will be taking their legacy abroad this summer when they join forces with the Verona-based theatre Teatro Stabile for a professional production of the most famous romantic tragedy ever written: William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Taking place in the play’s original setting of Verona, where Juliet’s courtyard, balcony, and statue can be found, the UK/Italian production will run from 26th July to 16th August 2015.

Kings Theatre organisers will be holding auditions over the coming months, giving young professional actors from the UK the opportunity to get involved in the international project.

The production itself will be directed by Paolo Valerio, the Artistic Director at Teatro Stabile in Verona, and each staging will start in Juliet’s Courtyard and reach its climax on the theatre’s picturesque terrace overlooking Juliet’s statue, a sculpture which attracts 3.5million visitors every year.

David Cooper, Chief Executive, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, said: “Working with Paolo and the Teatro Stabile Verona to stage a professional adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ within Juliet’s Courtyard in Verona is a really exciting opportunity for all concerned.”

To celebrate the launch of the partnership with Teatro Stabile, The Kings Theatre will be exhibiting love-themed paintings by artist Marc Quinn, which are inspired by the graffiti on the walls of Juliet’s Courtyard. Such work is rooted in Shakespeare’s play, and is known for sparking extensive dialogue about Romeo & Juliet in the artistic and cultural scenes of Verona.

Sam Cox, Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate, has penned a series of poems in response to Quinn’s work. Cox’s poems will be on display in both The Kings Theatre and Teatro Stabile for the span of the production.

After its run in Verona, the production will return to Portsmouth for stagings in The Kings Theatre.

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