Michael Bogdanov's 1986 modern-dress production of Romeo and Juliet boldly cut the text after Juliet's suicide, replacing it with the Prologue.

It was spoken by Prince Escalus to a crowd of journalists and photographers in a cynical exploitation of the dead lovers.

Sean Bean as Romeo and Niamh Cusack as Juliet possessed sincerity and innocence in contrast to the materialistic and hypocritical Italian society around them. This world was evoked on stage with Armani suits, jazz bands and a glamorous Tybalt in black leather in a red sports car. Romeo poisoned himself with a drug from a hypodermic needle.

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