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II.ii.61f Balcony Scene: Romeo courts Juliet

Theater / Vocal Music / Pop Music

“Tonight” composed by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story (film, 1961, dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.

Music Video / Pop Music

Dire Straits, “Romeo and Juliet” (music video) (1981)

Taylor Swift “Love Story” (2008)

This music video may also apply to other parts of the story, but I think the references to marriage seem to relate to the balcony scene the most. Think of how this song and video retell the story of Romeo and Juliet or perhaps clearly show Juliet’s intentions. Swift tells the story from Juliet’s point of view. Is it accurate? (Don’t just tell me the video is different from the play; tell me how the heart of the video relates to the play.)


Sergei Prokofiev Ballet starring  Allessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca

Sergei Prokofiev Ballet, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, starring Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta by Royal Ballet 2007

Visual Art: Photography

Annie Leibovitz, “The Stolen Moment” (Vogue Magazine 2008)

Annie Leibovitz, "The Stolen Moment" (Vogue Magazine 2008)

Film (adaptation)

Letters to Juliet (dir. Gary Winick), 2010. Starring Christopher Egan and Amanda Seyfried

Think about how this film successfully or unsuccessfully references the original balcony scene in its language, intention, and staging. You may also think of how this scene references Act I, scene v when the two first kiss.

Gnomeo & Juliet (dir. Kelly Ashbury) 2011. Starring James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

Think of how this clip adapts the balcony scene, making reference to specific lines, while also creating new lines that may have pleased Shakespeare. Do the characters generally match up to those portrayed in Shakespeare’s original scene? Etcetera.


Act II, scene ii performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company  in the summer of 2011.

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