Anna Dalgleish and Zach Running Coyote in Romeo & Juliet
Anna Dalgleish and Zach Running Coyote | Photo: Courtesy of Theatre Calgary

Romeo & Juliet

Summertime staple Shakespeare by the Bow goes online with timely adaption

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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One of Calgary’s summer traditions, Shakespeare by the Bow moves into the virtual sphere in order to bring audiences this beloved tale. Watch as the young star-crossed lovers meet their fate straight from the comfort of your home.

Theatre Calgary has had to get creative thanks to current restrictions on public gatherings in Calgary being in place throughout the summer. Despite Shakespeare by the Bow not being able to be presented in its traditional location on Prince’s Island Park, this 32-year Calgary summer tradition stays alive through your screen.

“It was imperative for Theatre Calgary to not lose our outdoor summer tradition production of Shakespeare by the Bow, and the work and experience we provide for Alberta’s emerging artists,” says Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Stafford Arima in a statement. “I knew that I had to figure out a way to ensure that ShakesBow could still have its voice and presence be seen, while being incredibly creative and innovative in moving online.”

It is love at first sight for Romeo and Juliet, two teens from rival families. As their courtship blossoms, one of the greatest love stories of all times unfolds. Watch as Alberta’s emerging artists take on this universally accessible love story, staying true to the heart of the play while acknowledging the times we find ourselves in.

Presented in association with The Shakespeare Company and Hit + Myth, the script has been adapted into a 45-minute long show by Haysam Kadri and Jenna Turk.

Rehearsing and performing from their individual locations to adhere to social distancing, each performance is viewable through a live-stream. The cast includes real-life couple Zach Running Coyote (Romeo) and Anna Dalgleish (Juliet), and is rounded out by Melanie Bahniuk, Billy Brown, Siddharth Kumar, Kaeley Jade Wiebe, Chelsea Woodard, and Kiana Wu.

Catch Romeo & Juliet Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, June 27 to July 25, 2020.