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Romeo and Juliet


William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet" (The New Cambridge Shakespeare, Updated Edition)

Professor Evans helps the reader to visualise the stage action of Romeo and Juliet, a vital element in the play's significance and useful to students approaching it for the first time. The history of the play in the theatre is accompanied by illustrations of notable productions from the eighteenth century onwards. A lucid commentary alerts the reader to the difficulties of language, thought and staging.

For this updated edition Thomas Moisan has added a new section to the Introduction which takes account of the number of important professional theatre productions and the large output of scholarly criticism on the play which have appeared in recent years. The Reading List has also been revised and augmented.

An international team of scholars offers:
  • modernized, easily accessible texts
  • ample commentary and introductions
  • attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history
  • informative illustrations

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Conventions

 The date
 Sources and structure
 The tragic pattern
 Language, style and imagery
 The characters
 Romeo and Juliet in the theatre
 Recent Developments in Criticism and Production, by Thomas Moisan
  Romeo and Juliet and Recent Criticism
  Gender and Romeo and Juliet
  '... wherefore art thou Romeo?'
  Festival and Black Funeral
  'In fair Verona where we set our scene': the Text In its Time
  The Text in Our Times
  Romeo and Juliet in Recent Stage and Film Productions

Note on the Text
List of Characters

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Supplementary Notes
Textual Analysis
Appendix: Brooke's Romeus
 The Argument
 The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet
  The lovers exchange vows of mutual love
  Juliet debates at length Romeus's intentions
  Juliet receives permission to go to shrift, where she meets with Romeus
  The lovers discuss their perilous situation
  The open quarrel between the Capilets and Montagewes begins
  Juliet laments Romeus's banishment and Tybalt's death
  The Nurse finds Juliet in a faint and revives her
  The Nurse goes to find Romeus at the Friar's cell
  Romeus and Juliet spend a last night together, lamenting his exile
  Romeus refuses to allow Juliet to accompany him
  Romeus suffers in exile in Mantua
  In Verona, Juliet is counselled to forget the death of Tybalt
  Juliet's mother reports Juliet's sad state to Capilet and urges marriage as a remedy. Capilet approaches Paris
  Juliet visits the Friar for comfort and aid
  All lament the supposed death of Juliet
  Romeus receives the fatal news and seeks out an Apothecary
  The Friar goes to the tomb at the appointed time
  Juliet laments Romeus's death
  The Friar, with philosophical embellishments and at great length, recounts the whole course of events
Reading List

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