Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare

 
This is the most famous of all Shakespeare's plays - a story of young love. What's in a name? Does it really matter if you are called Montague or Capulet? When Romeo, son of Lord Montague, falls in love with the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, he finds that it does matter. It makes all the difference in the world, because both families hate each other. For a time, Romeo and Juliet manage to keep their love secret. But when Romeo is sent away from Verona, hope begins to die. Can any of their friends help the young lovers to be together for ever?

William Shakespeare


TROUBLE IN VERONA

 
A street in Verona, Italy. Some of Lord Montague's and Lord Capulet's servants are fighting and shouting.
 
LORD CAPULET'S SERVANTS
We hate the Montagues! Capulet is a better lord than Montague!
 
LORD MONTAGUE'S SERVATS 
We'll kill you for that! Death to the Capulets!
 
BENVOLIO (Entering) 
What's happening? Stop! Stop fighting! (Benvolio tries to stop them, but they go on fighting.)
 
TYBALT (Entering) 
Benvolio! What are you doing? Fighting our servants? Turn and fight me!
 
BENVOLIO 
You're wrong, Tybalt. I don't want to fight anyone. I'm just trying to keep the peace!
 
TYBALT 
That's not true! You Montagues are all the same. I'm going to kill you! (Tybalt pulls out his sword and starts fighting with Benvolio.)
 
LORD CAPULET (Entering with Lady Capulet) 
Look! The Montagues are trying to kill Tybalt! Quickly bring me a sword!
 
LADY CAPULET 
A sword? Don't be stupid, Capulet. You're too old! You haven't used a sword for twenty years.
 
LORD MONTAGUE (Entering with Lady Montague) 
Look! The Capulets are making trouble again!
 
LORD CAPULET 
What did you say, Montague? Trouble? The man that started the fight was your nephew Benvolio! (He starts to shake Lord Montague.)
 
LORD MONTAGUE 
Let me go, Capulet, you old criminal!
 
LORD CAPULET 
Criminal? Old? I'll kill you!
 
PRINCE ESCALUS (Entering) 
Stop! Montague! Capulet! Stop it immediately! Tybalt! Benvolio! Stop fighting now, or I will execute all of you! (The fighting stops, and everyone is quiet.) 
Listen. I'm very angry. Verona is a rich, beautiful town, but there is fighting in the streets nearly every day. Montague, Capulet, come here. You must tell your families to stop fighting. Do you understand?
 
LORD MONTAGUE AND LORD CAPULET 
Yes, sir.
 
PRINCEESCALUS 
Why is there this argument between your families? How did it start?
 
LORD MONTAGUE 
I can't remember, sir.
 
LORD CAPULET 
The argument started a long time ago, sir. 
 
PRINCE ESCALUS
The fighting must stop. We must have peace in Verona. (Prince Escalus leaves. Then Lord and Lady Capulet, Tybalt, and all the servants leave.)
 
LORD MONTAGUE 
The Prince is right, Benvolio.
 
BENVOLIO
I agree. I was trying to stop the fighting when Tybalt and the others arrived.
 
LADY MONTAGUE
Have you seen our son, Romeo? He wasn't in the fight. I'm very happy about that.
 
BENVOLIO
I saw Romeo earlier today. It was about four o'clock in the morning and still dark. He was walking, alone, through the woods.
 
LORD MONTAGUE 
What's the matter with Romeo? He's very quiet these days. Sometimes he stays in his room all day. I think that he's unhappy about something. Will you try to talk to him, Benvolio?
 
BENVOLIO
Look - here he is now. I'll talk to him. (Lord and Lady Montague leave. Romeo enters.) What's wrong, Romeo? What's the matter with you? 
 
ROMEO 
I'm in love, Benvolio. I'm in love with a beautiful girl called Rosaline.
 
BENVOLIO 
Then why are you unhappy?
 
ROMEO 
Because she doesn't love me. She doesn't love anyone. She says that she's never going to marry. 
 
BENVOLIO
There are hundreds of beautiful girls in Verona. If she doesn't love you, forget about her. 
 
ROMEO 
I can't do that! Rosaline is the most wonderful girl in the world. I will never love anyone else.

EXCITING NEWS

 
A street in Verona. Lord Capulet and Paris are talking.
 
PARIS
Lord Capulet, I have something to tell you. You already know that I love your daughter Juliet. Well, I would like to marry her.
 
LORD CAPULET 
My daughter is very young, Paris. She's only thirteen. I don't want her to marry yet. You must wait for a year or two. Juliet doesn't really know you.
 
PARIS
But I love her. If she marries me, she will be very happy, I'm sure.
 
LORD CAPULET 
Paris, I'm having a party this evening. Juliet will be there, and many other beautiful girls will be there, too. Come to the party. Enjoy yourself. You can talk to Juliet. Perhaps she will like you, perhaps not. Remember, she is very young. 
 
(A servant enters. Capulet gives the servant a piece of paper.) 
I want you to go and ask a lot of people to my party tonight. Here are their names. I would like them all to come. (Lord Capulet and Paris leave.)
 
SERVANT
But I can't read! What shall I do? I know! I'll ask someone to read it for me.
(Romeo and Benvolio enter. To Romeo) Excuse me, sir - can you read out these names for me? I have to ask all these people to come to Lord Capulet's party tonight. (The servant gives Romeo the paper.)
 
ROMEO
Martino and his wife and daughters - Valentino and his cousins - Tybalt - Lucio - Livia - Rosaline - Rosaline! Benvolio, we must go to Capulet's party! Rosaline will be there!
 
BENVOLIO
But Romeo, Capulet and your father are enemies!
 
ROMEO
That doesn't matter. I must see Rosaline!

LADY CAPULET'S PLAN

 
The Capulets' house. Lady Capulet, Juliet, and the Nurse are talking. Lady Capulet is sitting on a chair.
 
LADY CAPULET 
Tell me, Juliet, how old are you now?
 
NURSE 
She's nearly fourteen. Aren't you, my dear?
 
JULIET
That's right. My fourteenth birthday is in two weeks.
 
LADY CAPULET
Have you thought about marrying, my dear?
 
NURSE 
A husband for Juliet! How exciting!
 
JULIET 
Marrying? No, I've never thought about it.
 
LADY CAPULET
Well, you must think about it now. A young man wants to marry you. His name is Paris, and he is young, rich, and good-looking. He is a friend of the Prince of Verona. I want you to try very, very hard to love him.
 
JULIET 
But I don't know him!
 
LADY CAPULET
That doesn't matter. You'll meet him this evening, at the party. You will like him, I'm sure.
 
NURSE 
He'll be a wonderful husband for you, my dear!

ROMEO MEETS JULIET

 
The Capulets' house. The party has started, and there is singing and dancing. Lord and Lady Capulet, Juliet, Tybalt, Paris, the Nurse, servants, musicians and others at the party
 
LORD CAPULET
Enjoy yourselves, my friends! Everybody is going to dance tonight. More light! More drinks! Musicians - play louder! We're going to have a wonderful party! (Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio enter. They are wearing masks.)
 
LADY CAPULET
Who are those men who've just come in? I can't see their faces, because they are wearing masks.
 
LORD CAPULET
I don't know who they are. It doesn't matter. They look friendly. Give me another drink! What a wonderful party! Oh, why can't I be young again? Shall we dance?
 
LADY CAPULET
Dance? Don't be stupid, Capulet. You're too old! You haven't danced for twenty years. Come and sit down for a while. (They sit down.)
 
MERCUTIO
Don't you want to dance, Romeo?
 
ROMEO
No, I don't, Mercutio. You can dance if you want. I'll wait here. 
(Benvolio and Mercutio leave, and start dancing. He sees Juliet, who is dancing with Paris.) What a beautiful girl! Who is she? I must meet her! When she stops dancing, I'll go and talk to her.
 
TYBALT 
Uncle Capulet! That man is a Montague!
 
LORD CAPULET 
Which man?
 
TYBALT 
The man who came in a few minutes ago. Over there - the man who's wearing a mask. I know his voice. His name is Romeo, and he's a Montague. I'm going to kill him!
 
LORD CAPULET 
No, Tybalt! The Capulets and the Montagues must not fight any more. The Prince of Verona told us to stop fighting. Don't you remember? Romeo is a good man, and you mustn't hurt him. Do you understand?
 
TYBALT
All right, uncle. But I'm very angry. He was wrong to come here. (He leaves.)
 
ROMEO
(To Juliet) I don't know your name. I saw you just a few minutes ago. I want to talk to you, but I don't know what to say.
 
JULIET
You don't have to say anything.
 
ROMEO
I've never seen anyone as beautiful as you. Can I hold your hand?
 
JULIET
But I don't know you! (Laughing) Yes, of course you can hold my hand.
 
ROMEO
(He holds her hand.) If our hands can touch, our lips can touch too. (He kisses her.)
 
NURSE
(Entering) Juliet! Where are you? Oh, there you are. Your mother wants you. Come with me, my dear.
 
ROMEO 
(To the Nurse) Who is her mother?
 
NURSE
Her mother is the lady of the house, and married to Lord Capulet.
 
ROMEO
This is terrible! Lord Capulet is my father's enemy. I love Juliet, but we can never meet again! 
 
JULIET
(Watching Romeo leave) Nurse, what's that young man's name? Over there, the one who's leaving. If he has a wife, I'll die unmarried.
 
NURSE
His name is Romeo, and he's a Montague, the only son of your family's great enemy.
 
JULIET
My only love, a hated Montague! 
 
NURSE
What was that? Come, Juliet. Your mother is waiting.

A SECRET

 
Benvolio, Mercutio, and Romeo are in the garden outside the Capulets' house. Romeo is hiding from the others.
 
BENVOLIO
Come on, Mercutio. It's late. Let's go home. Where's Romeo?
 
MERCUTIO
I saw him a few minutes ago. Romeo! Romeo! Come on, forget about Rosaline! (He laughs.) Forget about love! Come with us! (They leave:, then Romeo comes out.)
 
ROMEO
It's easy for him to laugh - he's never been in love. I must be near Juliet. I love her. (Juliet opens a window and looks out.) But look! What light is that? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun! (He hides.)
 
JULIET
Oh, Romeo! What's in a name? You are a Montague and I am a Capulet. They're just names; they don't mean anything. Why are our families enemies? I love you, and that's the only thing that matters.
 
ROMEO
You're right, Juliet. (He comes out again.) Nothing else is important. Call me love, not Romeo.
 
JULIET
I know that voice. Romeo! Why did you come here? If my cousin finds you here, he'll kill you.
 
ROMEO
It's love that brings me here. I am not afraid of Capulet swords. I think nothing of the danger, if you really love me.
 
JULIET
Romeo - you've already heard me say it - I love you. Do you love me? Perhaps I love you too much. Perhaps it's wrong to say so openly that I love you ...
 
ROMEO
Lady, I love you and I will always love you. Tell me, when can we be together - together for the rest of our lives? (The Nurse calls out from inside the house.)
 
JULIET
Oh, Romeo - I must go. Listen. If you really want to marry me, I'll send my Nurse to you tomorrow. Give her a message for me. Tell me when and where to meet you, and I'll follow you, my lord, anywhere in the world. Good night, my love.
 
ROMEO
Good night, sweet Juliet. (Juliet closes the window and goes inside.) I must talk to the priest, Father Lawrence. I'll ask him to marry us, secretly, without telling our families.

HELP FROM FATHER LAWRENCE

 
It is early morning. Father Lawrence is in his garden.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
I use these flowers to make medicines. The medicines are good, but they can be dangerous. So I make them very, very carefully. (Romeo enters.) Good morning, Romeo. It's very early. What's the matter - can't you sleep?
 
ROMEO
No, I can't, Father Lawrence. I'm in love, and I need your help.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
You're in love with Rosaline, aren't you?
 
ROMEO
Rosaline? No, Father, I never think about her now. I'm in love with Juliet, Lord Capulet's daughter.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
This is very sudden! Does she love you?
 
ROMEO
Yes, she does. We want to marry, and we want to do it today. But we must do it secretly. If we tell our families, they'll stop us. You'll help us, won't you?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
I'm not sure. Your families are enemies, aren't they?
 
ROMEO
Yes, Father. But that's not important to me, or to Juliet.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
Wait a minute - if you two marry, perhaps the arguments will finish, and your families will be friends! Yes, Romeo, I'll help you. Come to my house with Juliet this afternoon, and I'll marry you.
 
ROMEO
That's wonderful! Thank you, Father!

A MESSAGE FOR JULIET

 
A street in Verona. Mercutio and Benvolio are talking.
 
BENVOLIO
Mercutio - have you seen Romeo this morning?
 
MERCUTIO
No. He's not interested in his friends any more. He's only interested in love.
 
 
BENVOLIO
Tybalt saw Romeo at the party last night, and he's really angry.
 
MERCUTIO
Ha! Who's afraid of Tybalt? Look, here comes Romeo now! (Romeo enters.)
 
BENVOLIO
Romeo - where have you been? Don't you want to see your friends any more?
 
MERCUTIO
You're in love with Rosaline, aren't you? That's why you don't want to be with us!
 
ROMEO
(Laughing) No, I'm not in love with Rosaline.
 
BENVOLIO
Tybalt is angry with you. He saw you at the party.
 
ROMEO 
(Laughing again) But Tybalt is a Capulet. The Capulets are my friends.
 
MERCUTIO AND BENVOLIO
Your friends! What do you mean?
 
NURSE
(Entering) Excuse me. I'm looking for Romeo, Lord Montague's son. Do you know him? 
 
MERCUTIO
This is Romeo.
 
NURSE
Oh! Isn't he good-looking! I'd like to talk to you, Romeo. (She looks at the others.) Alone, please. (Benvolio and Mercutio leave, laughing.) Juliet asked me to find you. She loves you very much, you know.
 
ROMEO
And I love her too. I've already spoken to Father Lawrence, the priest. Tell Juliet to come to his house this afternoon. He has agreed to marry us. You mustn't tell her mother or father.
 
NURSE
Don't worry, my dear, I won't tell them. They want her to marry Paris, but she doesn't like him! And he's not as good-looking as you!
 
ROMEO
Don't forget to tell her - this afternoon, at Father Lawrence's house!

A SECRET WEDDING

 
Father Lawrence's house. Father Lawrence and Romeo are talking.
 
ROMEO 
Juliet will be here very soon. I'll be very happy when we're married.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Listen, Romeo. You only loved Rosaline for a few weeks. Remember, if you marry Juliet, you must love her, and stay with her, for the rest of your life.
 
ROMEO
Yes, Father, I understand. I'll always love her. (Juliet enters, and kisses Romeo.)
 
JULIET
The Nurse told me to meet you here. She said that Father Lawrence would marry us.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
And I will. Come with me.

MORE TROUBLE

 
A busy street in Verona. Some people are walking along the street. Mercutio and Benvolio are talking.
 
BENVOLIO
It's hot today, isn't it? I don't like this weather. People feel angry when it's so hot. (Tybalt and some friends enter.)
 
MERCUTIO
Look! It's the Capulets - over there!
 
BENVOLIO 
Don't start an argument, Mercutio! We don't want trouble.
 
MERCUTIO 
I'm not afraid of Tybalt.
 
TYBALT 
Where is Romeo? He's your friend, isn't he?
 
MERCUTIO
That's none of your business.
 
TYBALT
I'm looking for him. And I'm going to find him. 
 
MERCUTIO
Are you looking for a fight?
 
BENVOLIO
Stop it, you two! (Romeo enters.)
 
TYBALT
There he is! Romeo! Come here! (He pulls out his sword.) You came to our house last night, didn't you? Well, we don't want the Montagues in our house. I'm going to teach you a lesson. Come on, get out your sword and fight!
 
ROMEO
Tybalt, I'm not your enemy! (Laughing) The Montagues and Capulets are going to be good friends. Something wonderful has happened. 
 
TYBALT
What are you talking about?
 
MERCUTIO
Why won't you fight with him, Romeo? (He pulls out his sword.) Well, I'll fight. Come on! (Mercutio and Tybalt start fighting.)
 
ROMEO
Stop fighting! Don't you remember what Prince Escalus said? Benvolio, help me to stop them. (Benvolio and Romeo try to stop them. Tybalt stabs Mercutio and runs away. Mercutio falls.)
 
MERCUTIO
Why - Why did you stand between us? I - I'm hurt!
 
ROMEO
I'm sorry, Mercutio - I was trying to help.
 
MERCUTIO
I need a doctor. Oh, you Montagues and Capulets, what a stupid argument! You're both wrong, to fight, and hate, and fight again like this! Ah - I'm dying! (He dies.)
 
ROMEO
Mercutio! He's dead! Tybalt! Come back! (He pulls out his sword angrily.) You've killed my friend. Now I'm going to kill you! (Tybalt enters again. They fight, and Romeo kills him. Some people who are watching start shouting.)
 
BENVOLIO
This is terrible! Romeo, run away! You'll be in trouble if the Prince finds you here!
 
ROMEO 
Oh, no! What have I done? (He runs away, Prince Escalus, Lord and Lady Montague, Lord and Lady Capulet, servants, and others enter.)
 
PRINCE ESCALUS 
What's happened? How did these men die? 
 
BENBOLIO
Tybalt killed Mercutio, sir. Mercutio was Romeo's friend. Romeo was very angry, and he killed Tybalt.
 
LADY CAPULET 
Romeo must die! He's a murderer! He killed my nephew Tybalt!
 
PRINCE ESCALUS 
But Tybalt was a murderer, too, Lady Capulet.
 
LADY CAPULET 
No, he wasn't! That's what Benvolio says, but he's a Montague. Romeo must die!
 
LORD MONTAGUE 
Sir, our son is not a murderer. He killed Tybalt because he was angry.
 
PRINCE ESCALUS 
Listen, all of you. I have decided not to execute Romeo. But he must leave Verona, and he can never come back. Tell him that he must leave immediately. If he ever comes back to Verona, he will die. Now go home, and keep the peace.

ANOTHER MESSAGE

 
Juliet is alone in her room.
 
JULIET
I'm so excited! Romeo is going to be with me tonight! We're married now, but the only people who know are Father Lawrence and my Nurse. Here she is now.
 
NURSE
(Entering) Juliet, my dear, something terrible has happened. (Crying) He's dead, he's dead.
 
JULIET
Who's dead? Not Romeo? Not my husband?
 
NURSE
No. Tybalt is dead.
 
JULIET
Oh, no! My cousin Tybalt! How did he die? 
 
NURSE
There was a fight, and Romeo killed him.
 
JULIET
It can't be true! Romeo never fights.
 
NURSE
But it is true. Tybalt killed Romeo's friend Mercutio, and Romeo was very angry. The two of them started fighting, and Romeo killed Tybalt
 
JULIET
Where's Romeo now? And what's going to happen to him?
 
NURSE
Romeo's hiding in Father Lawrence's house. The Prince has told Lord Montague that Romeo must leave Verona and never come back.
 
JULIET
(Crying) So I'll never see him again!
 
NURSE
Don't cry, my dear. Listen. I'll go to Father Lawrence's house and tell Romeo to come here secretly tonight, to say goodbye to you.
 
JULIET
Thank you, Nurse. You're very kind. Wait - take this ring. (She gives her a ring.) Give it to Romeo, and tell him that I love him.

BAD NEWS FOR ROMEO

 
Father Lawrence's house. Romeo is hiding. Father Lawrence enters.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Romeo - where are you? It's me, Father Lawrence. (Romeo comes out.)
 
ROMEO 
What did Prince Escalus say? Am I going to die?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
No. Killing Tybalt was wrong, but the Prince is not going to execute you. He said that you must leave Verona immediately, and never come back.
 
ROMEO 
This is terrible! (Crying) Leaving Juliet is worse than dying.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Just listen, Romeo. You are lucky. The Prince has been kind to you.
 
ROMEO 
But I want to die! I can't live without Juliet! (There is a knock on the door.)
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Just listen, Romeo. You are lucky. The Prince has been kind to you.
 
ROMEO 
But I want to die! I can't live without Juliet! (There is a knock on the door.)
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
I'm happy to see you, Nurse. Have you been with Juliet?
 
NURSE 
Yes. I saw her a few minutes ago, crying and shaking, just like Romeo here.
 
ROMEO
But I killed her cousin. Does she still love me?
 
NURSE 
Yes, of course she does. (She gives Romeo Juliet's ring. ) She sends you this ring.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
Listen, Romeo. You can go to see Juliet tonight. But then you must leave Verona. Later, I will tell everybody that you and Juliet are married, and I will ask the Prince to think again. Perhaps you can come back to Verona soon. But you have to leave Verona tonight and go to Mantua. Do you agree to do that?
 
ROMEO
Yes, Father. How long must I stay in Mantua?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE 
I'm not sure. Stay there until I send you a message. Don't come back until you hear from me. Now go and say goodbye to Juliet.

LORD CAPULET'S PLAN

 
The Capulets' house. Lord and Lady Capulet and Paris are talking.
 
LORD CAPULET
Paris, my daughter is very unhappy. Her cousin Tybalt died this morning. Lord Montague's son killed him.
 
PARIS
I'm sorry to hear that. Can I talk to Juliet? 
 
LADY CAPULET 
Not at the moment, Paris. She is in her room. It's very late, and she needs to rest.
 
LORD CAPULET 
Listen. I've just thought of something. I want Juliet to forget about Tybalt's death. I think that she'll be happy when she marries. I know that you love Juliet, and that you would like to marry her. The two of you must marry as soon as possible. What day is it today?
 
PARIS 
It's Monday night, sir.
 
LORD CAPULET 
Right. The wedding will be on Thursday. 
 
PARIS 
That's wonderful!
 
LORD CAPULET 
(To his wife) Go and tell Juliet what I have decided, my dear. We must hurry! Don't forget, Paris - the wedding will be in three days!
 
PARIS I won't forget, sir!

TROUBLE FOR JULIET

 
Juliet's room. Romeo and Juliet are together.
 
ROMEO
I'm sorry, my love, but I have to go. Look outside - it's nearly morning.
 
JULIET
Please don't say that. I want you to stay with me. You are my husband now. You needn't go.
 
ROMEO
You know that I have to go. If anyone finds me here, the Prince will execute me. I'm going to stay in Mantua. Father Lawrence is going to talk to our families, and to the Prince. Then he will send me a message. Perhaps I'll be back soon.
 
JULIET
I hope so, Romeo, my only love! (There is a knock at the door.)
 
ROMEO
Kiss me! Goodbye, my love. (He climbs out of the window.)
 
LADY CAPULET 
(Entering) Juliet - you're already out of bed. It's very early.
 
JULIET 
I know. I can't sleep.
 
LADY CAPULET 
You're still very unhappy about your cousin Tybalt. Don't worry, my dear. We'll find Romeo. And when we find him, he'll die. Now listen, I have some exciting news. Your father has said that Paris and you can marry. And the wedding will be on Thursday. (Juliet screams.)
 
JULIET 
I won't marry Paris. It's just not possible!
 
LADY CAPULET 
What do you mean?
 
LORD CAPULET 
(Entering with the Nurse) Have you told her the news?
 
LADY CAPULET 
She says that she won't marry Paris.
 
LORD CAPULET 
What? Why not? Listen, Juliet. Paris is a good, kind man. He's an important man, too, and a friend of the Prince's. You are a very lucky girl!
 
JULIET 
Father, listen. I know that you're trying to help me, but I will never marry Paris. I don't love him. I don't even know him.
 
LORD CAPULET 
That doesn't matter. You will marry him on Thursday. Do you understand? (Lord and Lady Capulet leave.)
 
JULIET 
This is terrible. What shall I do? They don't know that I've married Romeo!
 
NURSE
Listen, my dear. Romeo is in Mantua. Perhaps you'll never see him again. Your mother and father are right, you know. Paris is a kind man, and good-looking, too. He'll be a better husband than Romeo. Marry him. Forget about Romeo. That's the best thing to do. (She leaves.)
 
JULIET
I will never listen to my Nurse again. I thought that she would help me, but she won't. I'm going to see Father Lawrence. Perhaps he can help me.

FATHER LAWRENCE'S MEDICINE

 
Father Lawrence's house. Paris and Father Lawrence are talking.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
What! On Thursday! That's in two days. This is very sudden!
 
PARIS
I know. I'm very excited. I've loved Juliet for a long time, and soon we'll be married!
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
But you don't know her very well. You must wait, Paris. Thursday is too soon.
 
PARIS
But her father has already decided. I'm very happy!
 
JULIET (Entering) 
Good morning, Paris.
 
PARIS
Hello, Juliet, my love. (Laughing) You'll soon be my wife.
 
JULIET 
Perhaps. I've come to talk to the priest.
 
PARIS
Are you going to tell him how much you love me?
 
JULIET 
I've come to talk to him alone.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Can you leave us, please, Paris?
 
PARIS
Of course, Father. Goodbye, my love. (He kisses Juliet.) We'll be married soon! (He leaves.)
 
JULIET 
What shall I do? (Crying) I want to die.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
You must marry Paris. What else can you do?
 
JULIET 
Father, I'll never marry Paris. Don't you understand? I love Romeo. He is my husband. Look, I have a knife. (She pulls out a knife.) If you tell me to marry Paris, I'll kill myself.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Stop! Put down the knife. Listen, Juliet, I've just thought of something.
 
Father Lawrence goes to a cupboard and takes out a bottle.
 
JULIET 
What's that? Is it poison? Will it kill me?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
No, Juliet, it's not poison, but it's a very, very strong medicine. Anyone who drinks this will sleep for two days.
 
JULIET 
What do you want me to do?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
I want you to drink this medicine the night before your wedding. You'll sleep very, very deeply, and it won't be possible to wake you up. You will be cold and still. Everyone will think that you are dead.
 
JULIET 
What'll happen then?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
They'll put your body in your family's tomb, next to your cousin Tybalt. Later, you'll wake up. (Juliet screams.) Don't worry, I'll send a message to Romeo in Mantua, and tell him to come back to Verona when it's dark. I'll tell him to go to the tomb and open it at night. Then the two of you can run away together to Mantua. Will you do it? It's very dangerous, but if you don't do this, you'll have to marry Paris.
 
JULIET 
Yes, Father, I'll do it. I'll do anything to be with Romeo. Thank you, Father. (Juliet takes the bottle and leaves.)
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Father John! Father John! (Father John enters. Father Lawrence quickly writes a message and gives it to him.) Take this message to Romeo in Mantua. It's very, very important.

ANOTHER WEDDING

 
The Capulets' house. Lord and Lady Capulet, the Nurse, and servants are all busy.
 
LORD CAPULET (to a servant)
Go and ask all our friends to come to the wedding. (to another servant) Go and find the best cooks in Verona. This will be a very special wedding. (to the Nurse) Where's Juliet?
 
NURSE
She's with the priest, sir. She'll be back soon. Look, here she is now. She looks very happy.
 
JULIET (Entering)
I'm sorry, father.
 
LORD CAPULET 
What?
 
JULIET
You told me to marry Paris, and you were right. I'm not going to cry any more. He is the right man for me. I'm sorry that I didn't agree at first.
 
LORD CAPULET 
This is wonderful news! Oh, I'm so happy! Listen, everybody! The wedding will be tomorrow morning. Go and tell Paris.
 
LADY CAPULET 
Tomorrow? But tomorrow's Wednesday. You said that the wedding would be on Thursday. We won't be ready tomorrow!
 
LORD CAPULET 
That doesn't matter. Juliet and Paris must marry as soon as possible. Hurry, hurry! Nobody will sleep tonight - we' re all going to be too busy. Nurse - go and help Juliet with her wedding-dress! Oh, I'm so happy!

JULIET DRINKS THE MEDICINE

 
Juliet's room. Juliet is wearing her wedding-dress. The Nurse and Lady Capulet are with her.
 
NURSE
You look beautiful, my dear.
 
LADY CAPULET
You must go to bed now, Juliet. It's very late, and you need to rest. Good night. (They leave.)
 
JULIET
They think that I'm going to marry Paris tomorrow, but they're wrong. (She takes out Father Lawrence's bottle.) When I drink this, I'll fall asleep. They'll think I'm dead. Oh, I'm so afraid! I won't wake up for two days. When I wake up, I'll be in the tomb, with dead bodies around me. But I must do it. Romeo will come and find me, and we' ll be together again!
(Juliet drinks the medicine and lies down.)

THE CAPULETS FIND JULIET

 
The Capulets' house. It is early in the morning, and Lord and Lady Capulet, the Nurse, servants, and cooks are all moving around busily.
 
LADY CAPULET
We need more food! And more tables and chairs!
 
LORD CAPULET
Bring those flowers over here! Hurry up, there isn't much time left!
 
NURSE
Why don't you go to bed, sir? It's very late.
 
LORD CAPULET
I can't sleep - I'm too excited! My daughter is going to marry Paris in the morning! After the wedding, we're going to have a party. It'll be the best party I've ever had!
 
LADY CAPULET
Paris will be here soon. Nurse - go and wake Juliet up. (The Nurse leaves.)
 
LORD CAPULET
I can hear music. Paris is coming, with his musicians. (The musicians play outside.)
 
NURSE
Help! Help! (Some servants run to help her.)
 
LADY CAPULET
What's the matter? (The Nurse and servants come back, carrying Juliet. They are crying.)
 
NURSE
She's dead!
 
LADY CAPULET
Juliet! My only child! (Holding Juliet) Please, wake up! Oh, she's cold! She's dead!
 
LORD CAPULET
She was the sweetest child in the world. She was only thirteen, and now she's dead.
 
Father Lawrence, Paris, and the musicians enter. The musicians are still playing.
 
PARIS
I've come to take Juliet to church! (They see Juliet's body. The musicians stop.)
 
LADY CAPULET
She was our only child. Now our lives are empty. We will never be happy again.
 
PARIS
Juliet - dead? This is the worst day of my life.
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Carry her to the church. We will put her in your family's tomb, next to her cousin. Put flowers on her body.
 
They put flowers on her body and carry her out.

NEWS FROM VERONA

 
Romeo is walking along a street in Mantua. There are some shops in the street.
 
ROMEO
Oh, I'm so lonely without Juliet! I want to go back to Verona, but I can't go back yet. I must wait until Father Lawrence sends a message. I'll hear some news soon, I hope. (One of Lord Montague's servants enters.) Did Father Lawrence send you?
 
SERVANT
No, but I've got some news. It's bad news, I'm afraid. Juliet is dead. I saw them put her body in the Capulets' tomb yesterday.
 
ROMEO
What! I must go back. I must find out what's happened.
 
SERVANT
Wait, my lord. Don't go back yet. Wait until Father Lawrence sends some news.
 
ROMEO
(Shouting angrily) No! I'm going to Verona now. Leave me alone. (The servant leaves.) If Juliet is dead, I want to die, too. I'm going to see Juliet once more, and then I'm going to die. I need some poison. Where can I find some poison? I remember seeing a shop near here. Where was it? Here it is. (He stops outside a shop.) You! You sell medicines, don't you?
 
SHOPKEEPER
Yes, sir.
 
ROMEO
I want some poison. It must be strong. Do you understand?
 
SHOPKEEPER
Sir, I sell medicines to help people, not poison to kill them.
 
ROMEO
Here. (He takes some gold from his pocket.) I will give you as much gold as you want. You look poor and hungry.
 
SHOPKEEPER
Yes, sir, I am. (He goes to a cupboard and takes out a bottle.) I have some poison. It is very dangerous. Anyone who drinks this will die immediately. But I can't sell it to you, sir. It's a crime. If I sell this poison to you, I'll be in trouble.
 
ROMEO
Don't worry. I won't tell anyone that it came from your shop. (He takes some more gold from his pocket.) Here, have all my gold. I don't need it. (The shopkeeper gives him the bottle, and Romeo leaves.)
 
FATHER JOHN
(Entering) Where's Romeo? I've got a message for him. It's from Father Lawrence. He said that the message was very important. (Running up and down the street) Romeo! Romeo! Where are you? Romeo! Oh, no! He's not here!

TOGETHER AGAIN

 
A garden outside a church. It is late at night. Paris is standing near the Capulets' tomb. It is a very large tomb with a big, heavy door.
 
PARIS
Oh, Juliet! I loved you more than anyone else in the world. I wanted you to be my wife, but now you're dead. (Putting flowers on the tomb) I'm going to come to your tomb every night. What's that noise? Someone's coming! (He hides.)
 
ROMEO
(Entering) Juliet - I must see your sweet face again! (Paris comes out. Romeo opens the door of the tomb.)
 
PARIS
Stop! You're Romeo, aren't you? You're one of the Montagues. What are you doing to Juliet's tomb?
 
ROMEO
Who are you? Leave me alone! (The two men fight, and Romeo kills Paris. Romeo goes into the tomb, and takes the bottle of poison out of his pocket.) Juliet, my love, my wife! You are dead, but you are still beautiful. This will be our last kiss. (He kisses her, then drinks the poison.) So, with a kiss, I die. (He dies. )
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
(Entering) Juliet will wake up very soon. Where's Romeo? Father John took a message to him, and the message told him to meet me here. Romeo! (He goes to the tomb.) The door's open! What's happened?
 
JULIET
(Waking up) Father Lawrence! It's good to see you. Where's Romeo?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Juliet - something terrible has happened. Romeo is lying next to you, but he's dead! Quickly - get out of the tomb, and come with me. If anyone finds us here, there will be trouble!
 
JULIET
No, Father, I want to be with Romeo. (Father Lawrence runs away. ) Romeo, my love, what's happened? (She sees the bottle of poison.) He's killed himself! Well, I'm going to die, too. I can't live without him. Romeo, perhaps there's poison on your lips. If I kiss you, perhaps I will die, too. (She kisses him.) I'm still alive, but I want to die. I'm not afraid of death.
 
She takes out a knife, stabs herself, and dies. Some people enter.
 
PEOPLE
(Shouting) What's happening? Look, here's Paris - he's dead! And Romeo's dead, too! Someone's opened the tomb! Find the Prince! Find the Capulets and the Montagues! (Prince Escalus, the Capulets, Montagues, and servants enter.)
 
PRINCE ESCALUS
Dead? Romeo and Juliet? (Some more people enter, with Father Lawrence.) Father Lawrence, do you know anything about this?
 
FATHER LAWRENCE
Just a few days ago, Romeo married Juliet. (Everyone shouts in surprise, and Lady Capulet starts crying.) I married them secretly, because the Capulets and Montagues are enemies. Juliet didn't want to marry Paris, so I told her to take some special medicine. She wasn't dead; she was asleep. I wanted to send a message to Romeo in Mantua, but he didn't get the message. And now they have both killed themselves.
 
PRINCE ESCALUS
Lord Capulet, Lord Montague - come here. (They stand in front of the Prince.) This has happened because you are enemies. Romeo, Juliet, Paris, Mercutio, and Tybalt are all dead.
 
LORD CAPULET
Sir, our arguments have finished. We are friends now, and we will never fight again. (They shake hands unhappily.)
 
LORD MONTAGUE
We'll build a statue of Romeo and Juliet. It will be made of gold. No one will ever forget them.
 
PRINCE ESCALUS
Perhaps Verona will be peaceful now. (He looks up at the sky.) There's no sun this morning. Go home now, all of you, and remember this unhappy story of Juliet and her Romeo.

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