What’s On: BP Big Screens presents Romeo & Juliet, Trafalgar Square

Romeo and Juliet at the BP Big Screens in London “Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou picnic basket?”

Not quite a classic line from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays but one you might find yourself asking at The Royal Opera House BP Big Screens series.

On June 11, people across London can enjoy free culture on their doorstep as Romeo and Juliet is broadcast live in Trafalgar Square, Television Centre in White City and The Scoop at London Bridge City.

The series, which shows free ballet and opera to audiences across the UK, began in 1987 and have increased in popularity ever since.

Gok Wan, who will present the BP Big Screens, said: “As a child I would have loved watching opera for free with my friends.”

The Royal Opera offers three BP Big Screen performances this summer: Romeo and Juliet on June 11, Carmen on July 2 and The Marriage of Figaro on July 9.

Kenneth MacMillan’s celebrated Shakespearean ballet Romeo and Juliet movingly depicts the love and heartbreak that literature’s most renowned couple experience in their short but passionate relationship.

Royal Ballet Principal dancers Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi dance the young lovers Romeo and Juliet.

The presenters will be Ore Oduba, Darcey Bussell and Royal Ballet principal character artist Kristen McNally.

Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: “The BP Big Screens are a much-loved highlight of the summer calendar across the UK.

“Over the years, our collaboration with BP has enabled more than half a million people to experience ballet and opera – many for the first time – and together we bring this summer highlight to people all over the UK.”

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