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Romeo & Juliet

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Resources for Romeo & Juliet

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Shakespeare in Audio and Video

I highly recommend listening to the dramatic audio version by Arkangel. In this production, Romeo is played by Joseph Fiennes, and Juliet is played by Maria Miles.

Or use this free version at Librivox.org.

If available, see the play performed live (either before or after reading the play).

If you can’t find a local performance, this production by the Royal Shakespeare Company is a great option. It is a recording of a live performance at the Globe Theater in London. 

myShakespeare Website

MyShakespeare is a wonderful website to help you dive deeper into the play.

See the page for Romeo and Juliet here.

The site includes free audio of the play, context help, a personal Notebook for each user, and “Character Interviews” (which are quite fun!) like the one below for ACT I, Scene 1. 

Shakespeare Retellings

And finally, a good retelling is always fun! If you’d like to start with a retelling, I highly recommend the picture book series by Bruce Colville or the retellings by Leon Garfield.

The retellings by Edith Nesbit or the ones by Charles and Mary Lamb are also good.

Romeo & Juliet

A Shakespeare Picture Study

There's more to explore with A Shakespeare Picture Study for Romeo & Juliet! 

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ACT I

PROLOGUE

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Juliet by John William Waterhouse, 1898
Juliet by John William Waterhouse, 1898
Public domain image, Wikipedia Commons
Romeo and Juliet by Jules Salles, 1898
Romeo and Juliet by Jules Salles, 1898
Public domain image, Wikipedia Commons

ACT II

MyShakespeare Character Videos

The video below is from the MyShakespeare website. It is a character interview of Juliet and the Nurse regarding the events that happen in Scene 5 of ACT II

The next video is a character interview of Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Laurence regarding the events that happen in Scene 6 of ACT II

ACT III

Shakespeare always uses the third Act to position the story’s climax. 

Five Act Structure of a Play
Five Act Structure of a Play

MyShakespeare Character Videos

The video below is from the MyShakespeare website. It is a character interview of Romeo regarding the events that happen in Scene 1 of ACT III

The next video is a performance by the character Mercutio after he is stabbed by Tybalt (ACT III, Scene 1, Lines 95-102). 

ACT IV

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ACT V

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More resources coming soon…

Rachel

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