Wednesday, 20 November 2013


William Shakespeare is on a cold streak. He is writing for Philip Henslowe,  owner of  The Rose, a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by cruel creditors, but he has got a nasty case of writer's block. To tell the truth, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, he finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose’s solvency on Shakespeare's new comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter."  The problem is, "Romeo" is safely "locked away" in Shakespeare's head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola is a passionate theatre-goer - scandalous for a woman of her breeding - who especially admires Shakespeare's plays and William himself. Unfortunately, she is about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transforms into the timeless tragedy that is  Romeo and Juliet. 

Now let's watch these videos  in order to better understand and analyse  the introductory Prologue of  Romeo and Juliet  as well as the famous "Balcony Scene" (Act 2, scene II). 

You can also find some very useful material about Romeo and Juliet on the following webpages:

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