Shakespeare's Life What do we know for sure about Shakespeare?
The Age of Shakespeare In addition to the requisite timeline (chronology of plays), we give readers a peek into what life was like then (e.g. what a theater ticket cost, what a shilling would buy, the average age of marriage etc.).We want to show the context in which the plays were written, performed (background on the actors) and presented (what was the audience like).
The Language of Shakespeare How Shakespeare used different forms (e.g. prose, verse, rhyme, puns, irony, hyperbole, etc) to great effect
Shakespeare Spoken The act of speaking Shakespeare, the form of the text, the pronunciations and stresses, all reveal the emotional and psychological state of each character and illuminate the production and the text
Romeo and Juliet in Performance An overview of the major productions and performance trends, showing what made the plays so interesting during their time
Romeo and Juliet and Popular Culture The interplay between the play and recent popular culture.By discussing these references, we show how interpretations of the play change, develop, rise and fall out of fashion, and so illuminate how productions and adaptations of the play engage the changing issues of the times
Romeo and Juliet - A script of one of the productions of the play
Cast Speaks Cast interview.Each character in the play (or the top 10) briefly describes their character, his/her role in the play, and his/her relationship to the other characters