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About Stables Theatre Company: Romeo & Juliet

In late 1968, Granada Television hired a group of actors and converted a former railway building in Manchester into a fringe theatre. The idea was that the Stables Theatre Company would put together a programme of plays, a selection of which would be recorded in the television studio for broadcast. The project only lasted a few years, but can be seen as a rough and ready precursor to today’s popular NT Live screenings.

For this year’s festival, Kaleidoscope editor Simon Coward has worked his magic and reconstructed studio tapes of an untransmitted version of Romeo & Juliet that the Stables Theatre Company produced in 1969, featuring what at that time was the very rare sight of an Indian actor (Saam Dastor) playing the part of Romeo.