Royal Opera House screening of Romeo and Juliet to see hundreds pack out Hull’s Trinity Square

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Trinity Square is to be packed out with 600 people for the latest cultural extravaganza to hit Hull city centre.

Hundreds of seats will be installed outside Hull Minster as the city hosts Yorkshire’s only screening of a huge Royal Ballet performance on Tuesday, June 11 – all for free.

The public are encouraged to take along a picnic to watch the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet which will be beamed live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

The company’s BP Big Screens project means live ballet and opera is being screened across the UK although Hull has been specially picked to host Yorkshire’s one and only screening.

Councillor Dave Craker, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, believes it is a “coup” for the city to be able to host the event.

He said: “To be the only city in Yorkshire to be hosting Romeo and Juliet is a real coup and testament to our time as UK City of Culture in 2017. During the year we proved there is a massive appetite for these events and I’m confident we’ll see Trinity Square packed with people on June 11.”

Trinity Market and its dozens of varied stalls will be open throughout the free event and seats for the screening will be available on a first come first serve basis.

The national event will be hosted by fashion icon and opera fan, Gok Wan, who says the opportunity to miss the event on the doorstep of people across the UK is too much to turn down.



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“As a huge opera and ballet fan, I love the BP Big Screens,” he said.

“As a child I would have loved watching for free with my friends. It’s fantastic that 24 sites across the UK become opera houses or ballet stages for the night and share in the magical performances live from London’s Covent Garden.

“Outdoor cinema is now one of the nation’s favourite summer pastimes and each summer the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens give everyone access to free culture on their doorstep, a great experience for free.”

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 11, from 7pm.

 

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