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Directing A Scene From Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

5023 words - 20 pages

Directing a Scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’

In this essay I will imagine that I am directing a scene from Romeo
and Juliet. I will be discussing how I would stage this scene in both
modern and Shakespearean times. Throughout the play there are strong
scenes of violence between the two warring families (the Capulets and
the Montagues) and the scene I have chosen to base my essay on is a
prime example of this. The scene I have chosen to discuss is act three
scene one. This is an extremely powerful scene and is one of the most
pivotal points in the play as it shows us the deaths of both Mercutio
and Tybalt while also showing us the banishment of Romeo. It also
portrays the characters deepest feeling towards the family grudge.
Staging the play in Shakespearean times will obviously be a lot
different to a modern day production. To show this I will be looking
at cast, costumes, sets, props, lighting, the most important points in
the scene and how imperative the audience are to the play. I will
start by discussing whom I would cast in the roles of the main
characters.

Casting roles in Shakespearean times would be a lot more difficult
because of the fact that in those times only males were allowed to
perform on stage. This would obviously cause problems when casting
roles such as Juliet, Juliet’s nurse, Lady Montague and Capulet and
other female parts. I will be discussing whom I would cast as Romeo,
Tybalt, Benvolio, Mercutio and Prince Escales for both modern day and
Shakespearean times. I will not be looking at Juliet for the simple
reason that she is not in this scene. For a modern day Romeo I would
choose someone like Elijah Wood. This is because he is handsome, he is
an average height and he gives of a great impression of innocence
through his boyish facial features. I would want a handsome Romeo
because I believe that today’s audiences are more likely to enjoy a
love story with someone who is attractive and someone they could
imagine themselves falling in love with rather than someone who an
audience couldn’t stand the sight of. I believe he should have an
innocent look because the character of Romeo does not wish to fight,
but is more concerned about falling in love. “Gentlemen, for shame,
forbear this outrage!” (Romeo, Act three scene one, line eighty-six.)

In Shakespearean times I would want to convey the innocence of Romeo
further by casting a younger and slender actor. This is because I
would have not have the comforts of make up and decent costumes to
make Romeo stand out as one of the main two characters and so I would
need to use other methods. Casting an actor with more of a boyish look
would make him stand out from the other characters. On the other hand
I could do exactly the opposite and cast an actor a lot taller than
the others actors. If I did this, the actor would have to have more
grown up features rather than a boyish look. An actor like this would
look superior to most of the...

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