I suggest that the playwright invents, in his rendering of Romeo and Juliet
and other teenaged characters (notably Prince Hal of the second tetralogy, Anne Page of The Merry Wives of Windsor, (12) Miranda of The Tempest, Marina of Pericles, and Perdita of The Winter's Tale), new ways of thinking about the young.
The first chapter of Shakespeare on Love focuses on Shakespeare's revision of his sources and on the misreading of Romeo and Juliet
that Pearce sees in much of the play's criticism.
In the end, the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
could have been avoided if they had had their cellphones.
The star-crossed lover archetype has fuelled so many resonant love stories -- think Titanic, The Great Gatsby and this generation's go-to romantic tragedy, The Notebook -- and officially, Romeo and Juliet
has been remade for every generation of youngsters, with a new twist every time, starting first with the silver screen adaptation from the 30s, the fresh-faced co-stars of the 60s, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes' critically-acclaimed performances in the 90s.
But it is also the case that, for Romeo and Juliet
, the character of their love is powerfully influenced by particular, albeit different, Christian understandings of love.
And among the roses that by any other name would smell as sweet, the 14-strong group, from The Avenues Project, staged two performances of the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet
THE Peter Schaufuss Ballet performs the world's favourite love story, Romeo and Juliet
, at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, next month.
In the four centuries since Romeo and Juliet
was first per- formed, Shakespeare's tragic tale of "star cross'd lovers" has been recast into formats from high school comedy to musical theatre.
Romeo And Juliet
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Birmingham Hippodrome Once a squabble begins, it's almost impossible to unsquabble it.
SHAKESPEARE TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO THE IDEALISM, THE IMPETUOSITY AND THE INEXPERIENCE OF YOUTH CHRISTINE CHAPMAN, who teaches English and has attended an RSC summer school in Stratford for 20 years, writes about the trials and tribulations of young love exemplified by Romeo and Juliet
and Love's Labour's Lost.
WHEN ROMEO MET JULIET BBC2, 9pm Unless you're familiar with the original text of Romeo and Juliet
, chances are you won't realise just how young the lead characters are.
Romeo and Juliet
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, May 1 ***