Shakespeare's balcony scene is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre, How might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience?
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Shakespeare's balcony scene is renowned throughout the world. Given the restrictions of the Globe Theatre, How might Shakespeare have directed this scene to appeal to his whole audience? By Lewis Jolly Shakespeare is probably the most well know writer in history, and one of his most renowned pieces today is Romeo and Juliet even after 400 years the play is still known around the world. In 1996 Baz Luhrmann decided to make it into a film, it was a box office hit. Originally, Shakespeare's plays were performed in The Globe; in 1613 it burnt down. But in 1997 Sam Wannamaker raised the money to rebuild, it and it is located in it original position on Southbank, London. I chose lines 25-36 as my first section to direct because it is probably the most well know part of Romeo and Juliet in the twenty first century, also it uses literal devices like soliloquy and it can be foreseen in many different ways, therefore a director could direct it in many different ways. During this scene, Romeo is looking up at Juliet on the balcony who is talking about love. The stage is going to be set in as historical environment the 16th century Verona. There is a balcony area at the back where Juliet can stand on, the balcony will be filled with flowers including a white roses.
"[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?" Romeo should say this line to the audience, as if he is talking to himself but so everyone can still hear. Juliet must still carry on with what she is doing when Romeo is talking, she should not react to what he says until he makes himself well known. Juliet could be tidying up some flowers that stand on the balcony, or she could pick up a flower and perform "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not". Also, Romeo should not be able to take his eyes off Juliet. He could be leaning on the pillar which is on the stage, hiding behind that, so he is invisible from Juliet but the audience can see him listening. He should be sideways on, and the only time he stops looking at her is when he says his line "[aside]." For my second section I decided to do Act 2 Scene 2 line 133-141 because up to this part Romeo and Juliet had gotten much too far ahead of their selves and they obviously had forgotten why they cannot be together etc, they seem to be in their own "dream world" and when the Nurse calls from inside it brings their whole world crashing down back to reality, and maybe the audience start to believe in this happy ending, but when the Nurse calls, it destroys everyone's ideas
and Juliet is a lower class of speaking for example the Nurse always speaks in prose, also the use of Iambic Pentameter gives a rhythm to the scene and shows they are both equal on the social level, whereas this is unusual in Elizabethan times due to woman being lower down on the social scale than men. I believe that this scene is so powerful because it would have personal links to everyone in the audience; they would put themselves into the characters' shoes. The upper class fathers would put themselves in the shoes of the Capulets, to have this enemy trespass on their land, and then is speaking to his daughter would outrage them, where as all the women in the audience would put themselves in Juliet's shoes, they would wish they had a romantic man, who would try to see them even if their life would be in threat, the lower class audience would enjoy watching the rich people be naughty, and also they would like to see what its like to be upper class. The younger men in the audience would like to think that they are just as romantic as Romeo, this shows the versatility of the play, it shows why Shakespeare is so popular, because it doesn't matter who you are, and it still has some relevance to you. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lewis Jolly/Year 10/English/Coursework/A11/Romeo And Juliet Page 1 of 3
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