Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare for a Modern Audience
Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' was written to be viewed by an
audience via stage. But theatre productions have become less popular
due to cinema, videos, DVD's and home theatre. It means that for a
cheaper cost people can view productions of stories both in public and
within their own homes.
Theatres of today tend to be portrayed as an occasional evening out,
something that is planned and requires booking. Theatres are a lot
less common than in Shakespeare's time and people may be put off by
the idea of having to travel to them.
A Shakespeare play is stereotypical thing to view at a theatre. This
may put average working people off, as it is known as a teaching text;
and hence for a more intellectual audience.
Theatre's are also very different from those in Shakespearean England,
they are no longer noisy, smelly and hectic places, but peaceful,
furbished, with a relaxed atmosphere. Today's theatre audiences
applaud the actors/esses and remain silent through the production.
Whereas Shakespeare's audiences were rude and threw items at the
Due to lower theatre demand some directors have put 'Romeo and Juliet'
into film production. The film industry is now a large and competitive
market. Many directors of films try to incorporate a number of genres
so the film will appeal to a wider audience. For example the film,
'Pearl Harbour' has action, history, love, which are contained in this
war epic, this means it attracts 3 different audiences, boosting film
The use of special effects and the quality of the production of the
film can also decide whether or not the public enjoy the film. Yet the
storyline must be accessible to be able to use special effects
appropriately. The production also partly relies on the plot of the
film and how well the film company think it will sell. A high standard
of production and a good use of special effects is an essential factor
in what a modern audience look for in a film.
The obvious factor that a modern audience expect to be good is the
plot or storyline of the film. The storylines often reflect modern
life and what may/could happen in the future, this appeals to a modern
audience as it creates suspense and allows the mind to think about the
possibilities and truth of life.
So with the high expectations of modern audiences, can Shakespeare's
'Romeo and Juliet' fulfil the needs to make a production worth going
to see? This essay will analyse what 'Romeo and Juliet' has to offer a
modern audience and what may put a modern audience off the play.
'Romeo and Juliet' the famous story of 'two star-crossed lovers,' who
take their lives in order to end their, 'parents strife'. But what can
this well known tale offer a modern day audience?