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I.v The Party

Pop Music

“Love Pop” from the album Shakespeare is Hip-Hop produced by Flocabulary (click link to listen and see the lyrics- you will have to set up a free account to listen)

Visual Art

Edwin Austin Abbey, Romeo and Juliet (1903)

Annie Leibovitz, The Fateful Night (2008 for Vogue Magazine)

Or this comic book: Classics Illustated I.v


Sergei Prokofiev Ballet, performed at the London Royal Opera House, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, starring Tamara Rojo as Juliet and Carlos Acosta as Romeo

Begin watching at 5:40


Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra as they play “Dance of the Knights” from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Recorded in November 2008.

As you listen, you may consider the many back-and-forths between Romeo and Juliet and the other partygoers.


“Madrigal” from Charles Gounod’s opera Romeo et Juliette. Performed by Ruth Hartt, soprano and Clay Hilley, tenor.

Read the lyrics here by doing at Ctrl + F for the word Madrigal.


Roméo et Juliette by Hector Berlioz (orchestra/chorus): Watch below, read the vocal score here. To see the translation of the words, you’ll have to search online.

Above is the ball scene only.

This is the entire orchestral piece.

Musical Theater

“L’Amour Heureux” (“Happy Love”) from the musical Romeo et Juliette: de la Haine à l’Amour (Romeo and Juliet: From Hate to Love) composed and written by Gérard Presgurvic (2001).

Mambo” composed by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story (film, 1961, dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. This is very different from Romeo and Juliet, but was inspired by it. Consider why the writers decided to make this dance include both “families” so to speak.


Renato Castellani (dir.), Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Franco Zeffirelli (dir.), Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Alan Rakoff (dir.), BBC – The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (1978)

Baz Luhrmann (dir.), Romeo + Juliet (1996).

Phil Nibbelink (dir.), Sealed with a Kiss (2006). Available on Netflix streaming. Scene starts at 13:50.


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