Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet
Come to fair Verona, an ancient Italian city. A city on a low hill surrounded by a mighty wall. A city of churches, a city of grand houses and lowly homes. A city of tombs. A prince’s city, with a prince’s palace. And at the heart of the city a noble, empty, people’s square.
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Two families, alike in dignity, Montague and Capulet. Sworn enemies for all time. Bringing violence to these city streets. Rapiers on their belts, drawn on a moment’s dirty look. Brawling, duelling, spilling blood. The Prince would have his city at peace. But Montague and Capulet just fight. “The next to draw their swords and fight will die! This city will have peace!”
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Here Juliet, Lord Capulet’s most precious girl; attended by her loyal nurse. The time has come for her to wed and Paris would take her hand. A ball shall be held at which Paris might ‘woo’ the lovely Juilet. Tonight at the Capulet’s Mansion home.
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The wealthy of the city in fancy dress attend the ball. Music pounds and dancing flows. Paris, Lord and Lady Capulet, hot-head Tybalt, the lovely Juliet. But who is this that sneaks on in – uninvited, with masks to hide their faces – it is the gate-crashing boys of Montague – the enemies to all here. Mercutio, Benvolio and here…. the young pride of Montague…. Romeo.
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Romeo sees Juliet across the crowded room. His heart flies out. Juliet sees Romeo. She is his forever. They fall in love! Tybalt recognises the Montague boys and would draw his sword to fight. Lord Capulet demands peace. The ball is at and end.
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But Romeo will not leave. He jumps the garden wall looking for beloved Juliet’s. Through trees and bushes he risks his life. Juliet comes to her balcony, sighing for her Romeo calling, “Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Arts Though Romeo?” They speak and promise to meet tomorrow to be married in secret.

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Next morning at Friar Lawrence’s humble cell. Romeo requests a wedding. The Friar thinks that by uniting the two families, Montague and Capulet, that peace might come to Verona’s streets. Romeo and Juliet are wed! Then go their separate ways. Will peace now come?
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Verona’s streets again. Tybalt would fight Romeo for coming to the ball. Romeo would not. But Mercutio draws his sword and Tybalt and he fight. Mercutio is killed and Romeo, angered at his best-friend’s death, kills Tybalt. Now Romeo must die as the Prince has said… he must leave the city and escapes to Mantua.
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At the Capulet’s mansion, Lord Capulet insists that Juliet must marry Paris…and it must be now! Juliet begs the Friar for drugs. He gives her sleeping drugs that will make her appear as dead. She takes them. The Friar will write to Romeo to let him know of Juliet’s trick… and they can soon be together. But the letter is lost!
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In Mantua, lonely Romeo hears that Juliet is dead. He rushes, full-pelt back to Verona. Then to the tomb. Where Juliet lies. And broken-hearted Paris waits. Romeo and Paris fight. Paris lies dead. Romeo sees the stone-cold Juliet. In his hand he has a deadly poison. He drinks to join his lovely Juliet and falls dead beside her. Juliet wakes. She sees her secret lover dead. Kisses his lips to take the poison. Then draws his dagger. “O happy dagger!” And kills herself.


The Montagues and Capulets arrive. The friar is brought. And then the prince. To see the tragic scene. “A glooming peace this morning with it brings, The sun for sorrow will not show its head. Go hence to have more talk of these sad things. Some shall be pardoned and some punished. For never was a story of more woe. Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

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