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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Bate, Jonathan; Rasmussen, Eric, 1960-

With on-page explanatory notes, an in-depth scene-by-scene summary and fascinating interviews with actors David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath and director Michael Attenborough, this edition from the Royal Shakespeare Company offers enlightening new approaches to Shakespeare's tragic love story

Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: by William Shakespeare ; edited by Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen
ISBN: 0230232078, 0230232086, 9780230232075, 9780230232082
Physical Description: 240 p. ; 23 cm.
Series: The RSC Shakespeare
Subject: Vendetta Italy Verona Drama.; Juliet (Fictitious character) Drama.; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Romeo and Juliet.; Romeo (Fictitious character) Drama.


  1. Introduction
  2. About the Text
  3. Key Facts
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Textual Notes
  6. Scene-by-scene Analysis 
  7. Romeo and Juliet in Performance: the RSC and Beyond
  8. Four Centuries of Romeo and Juliet: An Overview
  9. At the RSC
  10. The Director's Cut: Interview with Michael Attenborough
  11. David Tennant on playing Romeo
  12. Alexandra Gilbreath on playing Juliet
  13. Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre
  14. Shakespeare's Works: a Chronology
  15. Further Reading and Viewing
  16. References
  17. Acknowledgements and Picture Credits

Author note

JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as "the best modern book on Shakespeare." In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'.

ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.


From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of the most famous of all love stories

An illuminating introduction to Romeo and Juliet by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate
The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page
A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play
An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre
A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions

The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Romeo and Juliet in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with a leading director and two actors - Michael Attenborough, David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.


'A triumphant addition to our times.' - Fiona Shaw, The Times