Romeo and Juliet - Arden Shakespeare

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This study of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the play as a series of topics, rather than adopting a chronological approach. Jackson sees the play as working through a series of dilemmas and choices which derive their potency from the vividness and poetic force of the figures portrayed, which in turn depends on how those characters are represented on stage. The portrayal of the two warring households of Capulet and Montague sets up the context for the ensuing action, but the key roles are of course the lovers, about ...
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This study of Romeo and Juliet focuses on the play as a series of topics, rather than adopting a chronological approach. Jackson sees the play as working through a series of dilemmas and choices which derive their potency from the vividness and poetic force of the figures portrayed, which in turn depends on how those characters are represented on stage. The portrayal of the two warring households of Capulet and Montague sets up the context for the ensuing action, but the key roles are of course the lovers, about whom the script is less than informative. Are they played as adolescents or are they idealized? If the Juliet is convincingly youthful, has she also the technique and insight to succeed in her role? How can an actor deal effectively with Romeo's moodiness and swift changeability?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781903436141
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Shakespeare at Stratford Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
General editor's preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Fair Verona 26
2 Two Households 53
Status and passion 53
The Nurse 60
3 Ghostly Sire, Gallant Spirit 78
Friar Laurence 79
Mercutio 90
4 Star-Cross'd Lovers 117
Class, age, feelings and sexual chemistry 122
Meeting: Capulet's feast 138
At Juliet's window 144
Marriage and separation 156
5 Towards Catastrophe 167
In Juliet's bedroom 167
In Mantua 173
In the Capulets' monument 177
App. 1: Production credits and cast lists 193
App. 2: Reviews cited 222
App. 3: Abbreviations 229
Bibliography 231
Index 235
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