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Romeo and Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet The play Romeo and Juliet has been performed on many stages over the years. The first was the globe in London. This was a 3D circular shape, with a stage that beautifully jutted out in to the audience. Time, weather, settings and moods were simply put in to Shakespeare's language as no scenery was used. This meant that there would be no lengthy breaks whilst the scenery was being moved. Viewing for the audience was dependant on the class of which you were in. Working class citizens would have been standing in mud and loathsome conditions while nobles had the luxury of sitting in tiers, a full three hundred and sixty degrees around the stage or even on the stage itself! In the twentieth century Luhrmann redeveloped the play in Brazil so that it was more accessible, particularly to the younger audience, i.e. teenagers. By using modern popular music, and clothing he managed to get the message across to the audience that that sort of society still exists today. This particular play took place on a proscenium, two-dimensional stage. I intend for the play Romeo and Juliet to take place indoors, unlike that of the globe theatre and for the stage to be 2D with the audience either facing sideways onto the stage or directly in front with tiered seats to allow better viewing. ...read more.


When Romeo enters the stage from the door on the left, he should almost gasp for breath as he catches sight of Juliet for the very first time. The words; "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright, it seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear- Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear." Should be spoken in a heart warming, tender way to show his deep love for Juliet. The rhyming couplets help to create an even more romantic spirit. Romeo's comparision between light and dark shows how much Juliet's beauty stands out from other women. Even though his words are racist the Ethiop's, it shows her superiority over other people. It would be clear that he found Juliet more attractive than his thought loved one, Rosaline, by his expressive tone and actions. As Tybalt spies Romeo, a Montague, he should put on a furious tone as he sends his page to fetch a sword to strike Romeo dead. He uses offensive words such as 'slave,' 'villain' and 'foe.' These suggest he is a wicked, intolerable man and his hatred for Romeo is extreme. ...read more.


This interprets that her loved one is the son of the one she and her family hate. This ties in with two of the main themes of the play, love and hate, and conflict. By now Romeo must be feeling very confused and crushed as he previously thought he was in love with the beautiful Rosaline and then goes on to find out his true love, Juliet, is of his family's enemy. Romeo and Juliet should be standing at either ends of the main gathering area with the usual talking and dancing still going on between them to generate a distracted mood. Act 1 Scene 5 is important because it shows the themes in the play; of love and hate, rivalry between families, youth and authority. The hate is shown between the two families and it is doubtful that the love between Romeo and Juliet will overcome that. The Character Tybalt represents youth in the play. He is very aggressive, hot tempered and hates all Montagues and often speaks without thinking, contrary to Capulet who is clearly older and wiser. He is kind and gentle towards his daughter, Juliet and is used to having his own way. Overall this scene is exciting and we are left in suspense on many occasions due to the well-written style of Shakespeare's language. Jo Cade ...read more.

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