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Solomonic Peacocks serves ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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Blantyre-based theatre group, Solomonic Peacocks, staged a William Shakespeare’s popular romantic play Romeo and Juliet at Jacaranda Cultural Centre.

Romeo and Juliet is one of the popular love stories and has been adapted for the stage by many theatre groups.

And, here in Malawi, the play has been staged several times by, among others, Nanzikambe Arts.

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But this week, Solomonic Peacocks decided to call the shots with this popular piece as Malawians as still in romantic mood after Valentine’s Day.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by Shakespeare early in his career. It is about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of the most frequently performed plays.

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Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity and the plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse at The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in ‘Palace of Pleasure’ by William Painter in 1567.

Solomonic Peacocks Director, McArthur Matukuta, said they staged the play as part of their Theatre for Education project.

“As a theatre group, we do adaptations of English literature books,” Matukuta said.

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