Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad

The World Shakespeare Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, England has a unique offering this year, a new take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet called Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad where the couple are not divided by family squabbles but by religious sects.

Time Arango of the New York Times, Middle East, looks at the controversial performance which features Iraqi actors. “Romeo, he doesn’t see Juliet for nine years,” explained Monadhil Daood, a famous Iraqi actor and playwright who is directing the play and spent two years writing the script. “At their first meeting they talk about the conflict between Sunni and Shia.”