ROMEO AND JULIET Playing Cards. Two decks facing up to a love story
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare
I recently spoke about Cervantes and Don Quixote, and today it is the turn of a famous English playwright whose relationship with the former has been widely questioned by the experts: William Shakespeare. On May 3rd this year we celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death, although many people talk about April 23 to fit it with the death of Cervantes, erroneously because in that moment England used the Julian calendar while Spain used the Gregorian calendar. One of the most important work by Shakespeare has inspired my dear LUX friends to create their latest deck: ROMEO AND JULIET.
Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of the best known plays in the world and the source for dozens of interpretations, adaptations and film versions, from musicals like West Side Story or Grease to animated films like Pocahontas or action films like “Romeo Must Die”. The eternal attraction between the irreconcilable, love, rivalry, passion and drama … this story has it all.
And now LUX Playing Cards makes a great deck of cards, beautifully illustrated by Belgian Virginie Carquin in a set of portraits showing the characters of the two big families, the Capulets and Montagues, eternally confronted in clubs and diamonds, and Romeo and Juliet, the lovers and victims of their own family background. The own Shakespeare accompanies the couple on the court cards of hearts, like a guide to the looming tragedy, while other characters in the play contemplate them from the spades. A deck that tells a fascinating story, full of details and secrets.
Two versions of the deck will be printed by the USPCC, with the same faces and back in different tuck cases. A Bicycle branded deck, designed by Nam Tibon, that already collaborated with LUX in the Tally-Ho British Monarchy decks, and another unbranded, both printed on high quality Bee stock. The deck will use metallic inks and will include two special jokers, Romeo and Juliet alone before taking their own life.
An artwork inspired by a work of art that you can not miss. Enjoy the high resolution images, visit the project website and raise your pledge.