"... fantastic entertainment ..."
"Totally funny tribute to Shakespeare! Hilariously funny and fast-paced..."
Author: Robert Reed
Run time: 50-60 minutes
Cast: 28 - 36
Age: 13-16 years
US High schools 8th Grade - 10th Grade
UK Secondary schools KS3 KS4
Year 9 - Year 11
Romeo and Julie is a modern English play script with several hilarious scenes and some quotes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Combining modern Engliand Shakespearean language
with up-to-date themes relating to young people.
This great comedy play is suitable for high school shows and youth theatre productions.
The same script and rights - the only difference is the payment currency (USD).
NANNY: She's dead! Julie. I nurtured her like one of my own and now death lies on her like an untimely frost.
LADY CAPULET: Nonsense. She's just faking it: it's probably wedding day nerves. ...
TYBALT: I recognise that face! A cursed Montague in our house. To strike him dead I hold it not a sin. Aghh, alas I carry no sword and have no dagger.
(Tybalt rushes over to the serving tables. Romeo is now gazing lovingly a metre away from Julie, who does not notice him.)
TYBALT: Servant, give me a knife!
SERVANT 1: I'm sorry, sir. We have no knives.
TYBALT: Damn you! Give me a fork then. It will have to do.
SERVANT 1: I'm sorry, sir. We have no forks.
TYBALT: A plague in your pants! What do you have?
SERVANT 1: Spoons.
TYBALT: Give me your biggest, meanest, sharpest spoon for I mean kill a sworn enemy.
SERVANT 1: Not if you don't say 'please', sir.
(Tybalt grabs the spoon from Servant 1 and brandishes it like a knife. Lord Capulet approaches in alarm.)
LORD CAPULET: Tybalt lay down your, er, spoon. What is the meaning of this?
TYBALT: (Pointing at Romeo.) A Monatague has squirmed his way into our house and I will make him pay in blood for the insult!
LORD CAPULET: I hate their guts too, but the Prince has banned all fighting between our houses on pain of death. Lay down your weapon, spoon! If you cannot accept peace why don't you go to your room and cry like a spanked child, eh?
TYBALT: Peace? I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues and Brussels sprouts!
The play is set in 15th century Verona and Mantua.
LORD CAPULET (M)
LADY CAPULET (F)
FRIAR MARCO (M)
LORD MONTAGUE (M)
LADY MONTAGUE (F)
THREE COUPLES (6 non-speaking roles in total)
FOUR MUSICIANS (non-speaking)
Romeo and Juliet Story
Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare sometime between 1591 and 1595. It was immediately popular with audiences, except for the critic Samuel Pepys, who wrote in 1662, that “it is a play of itself the worst that I ever heard in my life.” Most people disagree with this. The original tale of 'Romeus and Juliet' was translated from Italian into English by Arthur Brooke in 1562. Shakespeare developed the plot, characters and added drama and humour to story. The first performance of the play probably featured Richard Burbage –leading superstar actor of the age- as Romeo.
We all know the story: boy meets girl; girl meets boy; their families hate each other; there's a secret wedding; boy gets banished; and, it all ends in disaster. It happens all the time, especially on Tuesdays.
Anyway, Romeo and Juliet is one of the most influential plays ever written. There has been much scholarly disagreement over what, if anything, is the key theme in Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps, only Shakespeare and the original “star-cross'd” lovers have the answer to this conundrum. You can read the original Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet playscript online at: http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/romeo_and_juliet/ .
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Performed in 2010 by Assumption College - Kilmore
Year 7-9 Junior Drama Production
Performed in April 2012 by Powdersville High School, SC
... It was brilliant, allowing for a great deal of creativity; we won two awards for best acting team and comedy with it, as well as a number of individual prizes. The scripts are not too rigid, you can change a lot of things and adapt it to your students' style, but it provides you with funny, witty humor of language, character and situation. We simply loved working on it. Great, great experience! Thanks, Robert!
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Cristina Rusu, Emil Racoviţă National College, Cluj-Napoca
"... an amazing, and very funny adaptation of Romeo and Juliet ..."Romeo and Julie" brought the house down with an awesome script, great costumes and brilliant choreography..."
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Hebron School, India, 2012
"... Their version was cunningly entitled ‘Romeo and Julie’ and was definitely an improvement on the original...
... The show was fantastic entertainment and a great success." Read full review.
Pattay Mail, December 2010
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