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Romeo and Juliet: A Webinar


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Romeo and Juliet: A Webinar

  1. 1. Romeo & JulietRene Weis Paul Edmondson
  2. 2. ‘Ever since its first performancesin the London of the late 1590s, ithas been one of Shakespeare’sbest loved works, in the theatre aswell as in the study. The reasonfor this is partly Shakespeare’sJuliet.’ ~René Weis
  3. 3. Sir PeterHall 1961
  4. 4. Michael Bogdanov, 1986
  5. 5. ‘There is the same rich exuberance of passion and sentiment in the one that there is of thought and sentiment in the other.’ ~William Hazlitt on Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
  6. 6. ‘When Romeo is truly Romeo he is lusty and priapic.’ ~René Weis
  7. 7. Sir Peter Hall 1961
  8. 8. Michael Bogdanov, 1986
  9. 9. Michael Attenborough, 1997
  10. 10. ‘In their own way they areas radical as anything inHamlet or King Learregarding human selfhoodand moral being.’ ~René Weis
  11. 11. Peter Gill 2004
  12. 12. Nancy Meckler 2006
  13. 13. ‘Instead of it being what you might be led to think of as a languishing moonlight scene, gazing at the sky, it’s a girl who is almost out of breath with excitement, who rushes out into the air. Anyway, that is how I found the way to play the balcony scene, after the third go at it.’ ~Dame Peggy Ashcroft
  14. 14. ‘I might also advance thehypothesis…that Hamnet’sdeath triggered withinShakespeare the nostalgiafor a couple that would havebeen in love.’
  15. 15. Peter Brook, 1947
  16. 16. Michael Boyd,2000
  17. 17. ‘When the film director AlfredHitchcock was asked how longhe could make a kiss last, hereplied “twenty to twenty-fiveminutes…but I would put abomb under the bed first.”’ ~René Weis
  18. 18. Michael Bogdanov, 1986
  19. 19. Hugh Quarshie (Tybalt) and Michael Kitchen (Mercutio), for Michael Bogdanov, 1986
  20. 20. Francesca Annis & Sir Ian McKellen, for Sir Trevor Nunn, 1976
  21. 21. ‘No one comments on thetheological implications of suicidewhen Montague and Capulet decideto commemorate their dead childrenin pure gold, when all of Verona willpay homage to “true and faithfulJuliet” (5.3.2).’ ~René Weis
  22. 22. Rupert Goold, 2010
  23. 23. Questio ns
  24. 24. www.ardenshakespeare.com20% discount free UK postage & packing, until 31 May offer code SBT at checkout