Romeo and Juliet (McClure)

by  William Shakespeare, Doug McClure

Full Length Play, Drama  /  14m, 4f

Many directors wish they could produce a Shakespearean tragedy without frustrating audiences and young actors with complex language. Here is love's greatest story and history's greatest play made accessible for modern performers. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Many directors wish they could produce a Shakespearean tragedy without frustrating audiences and young actors with complex language. Here is love's greatest story and history's greatest play made accessible for modern performers. This is not a cutting or reworking, but a version for those interested in producing a full Shakespearean work without losing their audience in archaic phrases and obscure references. The famous speeches all retain their original language, but difficult or confusing passages have been translated to formal, modern, English, while maintaining the original rhyme schemes and meters. All of the speeches have been included here, though some have beentightened for the sake of pacing. This is a version that leaves both audience and actors satisfied while immersing them in a great work of art.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The City of Verona, Mantua.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

14m, 4f
CAPULET
LADY CAPULET - Wife to Capulet.
JULIET - Daughter of Capulet.
NURSE - To Juliet.
PETER - A servant to Juliet's house.
TYBALT - Cousin of Juliet.
SAMSON - A servant to Capulet.
GREGORY - A servant of Capulet.
OLD MAN - Of the Capulet family.
MONTAGUE
LADY MONTAGUE - Wife to Montague.
ROMEO - Son of Montague.
BENVOLIO - Cousin and friend of Romeo.
MERCUTIO - Friend of Romeo, and kinsman of the Prince.
BALTHASAR - Servant to Romeo.
ABRAM - Servant to Montague.
ESCALUS - Prince of Verona.
PARIS - A young count, kinsman to the Prince, suitor of Juliet.
FRIAR LAWRENCE - A Franciscan friar.
FRIAR JOHN - A Franciscan friar.
THREE MUSICIANS, OFFICIER, APOTHECARY, CITIZENS, TORCHBEARERES, MASKERS, GUARDS, SERVANTS, ATTENDANTS
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Doug McClure

Doug McClure

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