William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
The long lived rivalry between the Montague and Capulets causes a
fight in Verona. The brawl is soon broken up by Verona high authority.
Romeo hears of a party at the house of Capulet, he knows he must go to
see Rosalyn to find out if she really is his true love. He gatecrashes
the party with his good friend Mercutio only to fall in love with a
Romeo and Juliet's love at first sight is challenged by Juliet's
Nurses knowledge. Her nurse reveals to each of them each others
surnames, they are both expectedly shocked.
Juliet is later seen at her window calling out for Romeo. To her
surprise he appears below her, after breaking into the Capulet grounds
at the risk of his life. They each express their love to one-another
and decide on marrying as soon as they can. Romeo instantly arranges
the marriage with Friar Laurence and contacts Juliet with the news
through her nurse. The wedding is set.
If I were to put on a production of William Shakespeare's, Romeo &
Juliet I would incorporate some ideas from various versions that I
have seen, and change others to suit the play I would put on.
I would have it so that when Mercutio and Tybalt quarrel they will be
raised above the other members of the cast so that we can see their
significance in this scene. At the same time the duelling should be
put across the whole set, utilising all of the scenery for a more
dramatic and realistic fight. The Zeferrelli version of 'Romeo &
Juliet' incorporates this use of scenery very well and my version
would be of a similar nature to this.
Another version of the play that I've watched was Baz Luhrman's. I
liked the way he cleverly used the weather to add to the effect of the
scene. He uses bad weather throughout the first scene of the third act
which leads up to an aggressive storm to symbolise Mercutio's death
and the tragic consequences. The dramatic mood of this scene will be
enhanced by the over-ruling tone of the storm, which reflects all the
anger and rage inside the characters throughout it.
Mercutio was dressed to stand out. His clothing and overall appearance
would be different to that of the other characters. This shows his
unique personality visually. He also has a very spontaneous
personality. His mood changes at an instant.
In my play the fighting between Tybalt and Mercutio would start
instantaneously from the point where Tybalt says "I am for you" (Line
82) as in Shakespeare's original of the play. This would seem more
appropriate for the production as it is more realistic, because Tybalt
has come to have a fight and Mercutio's aggravating onslaught of
offence could drive anyone to turn on him. Mercutio's spontaneous
personality would put his character neatly into the situation. Anyone
of a very calm nature would not...