Romanoff and Juliet (play)
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|Romanoff and Juliet|
|Written by||Peter Ustinov|
|Date premiered||April 2, 1956|
|Place premiered||Opera House
|Subject||inspired by Romeo and Juliet and the Cold War|
|Setting||The Main Square in the Capital City of the smallest country in Europe.|
Romanoff and Juliet is a play by Peter Ustinov. A comic spoof of the Cold War, it is set in the small mythical mid-European country of Concordia, whose leader is wooed by the United States and the Soviet Union, each one wanting him as an ally. Russia's ambassador, a member of the Romanoff family, has a son Igor who falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of the US diplomat. The two opposing families, one communist, the other capitalist, represent the warring Capulets and Montagues of Romeo and Juliet.
The play premiered in Manchester, England on April 2, 1956. The Broadway production, produced by David Merrick and directed by George S. Kaufman, opened on October 10, 1957 at the Plymouth Theatre and ran for 389 performances.
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