Romeo & JulietLiterature History
Musical styles include classical, waltz, rock, tango, street dance, blues & love ballad.
With dramatic songs & dances, this musical offers two versions of script - one with shortened original text and one in modern verse. Each provide a perfect introduction for young pupils to Shakespeare.
The story shows how love can blossom in a world of hatred and prejudice. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love despite an ancient feud between their powerful families. Helped by Juliet’s well-meaning nurse and Friar Lawrence, the couple secretly marry. But their time together is brief, and in the end they and their families pay a very heavy price.
Age guide: 9 - 15; KS1, KS2, KS3 Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
Cast: 25 to 45 solo speaking and group singing parts (* = Solo singing)
House of Escalus: Prince Escalus, Paris, Mercutio*; Montagues: Romeo*, Lord Montague, Lady Montague, Benvolio, Balthasar, Abraham; Capulets: Juliet*, Lord Capulet*, Lady Capulet*, Tybalt*, Paris, Nurse*, Peter, Gregory, Sampson; Others: Friar Lawrence*, Friar John, Apothecary
Class choruses: attendants, Pages, Maskers, Guards, Citizens
Curricular Content: Shakespeare, Tragedy, Drama, Romance, Poetry, Theatre: Historic People & Places, 16th Century Italy, Elizabethan Literature: Relationships, Conflict & Resolution, Differences & Similarities, Bullying, Adolescence, Medicinal Herbs, Religion
Review: I would just like to thank you for writing some wonderful musicals – of which I have only directed Romeo and Juliet but I love your style and above all, I really appreciate that you also make your shows suitable for older children. - Lynette Gridle
A Performing Licence is required to perform Romeo & Juliet to a public audience including parents.
Age guide: Running time: No. of songs: