Shakespeare's Greatest Admirer: Death of Playwright Normand Chauret

Playwright and novelist Normand Chaurette died on Wednesday at the age of 68.

The news was first reported by Radio-Canada, which was confirmed by the Goodwin Agency, which represents the artist.

Born in Montreal in 1954, Normand Chauret distinguished himself in the 90s and 2000s with his plays, including “Le Passage de l’Indiana” and “Le Petit Kochël,” both of which won the Governor General’s Literary Award.

A great admirer of William Shakespeare’s works, Mr. Chauret has also translated nearly a dozen of the famous English playwright’s plays, including the classic “Romeo and Juliet.”

Normand Chaurette wrote the screenplay for the 2006 Quebec adaptation of the play by Yves Desgagnés. The film presented a modern version of this love story, with Romeo as the son of a leader, Réal Lamontagne. Biker clan, Juliet takes on the features of Judge Paul Veronno’s only daughter, who tries to punish thugs.

Normand Sauret has maintained a fascination with Shakespeare’s works since the writing of his first Canadian play, “Les Reines,” produced at the Comédie-Française in Paris in 1991.

The author received the title of Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004.

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