Romeo and Juliet

Text and Performance

  • Authors
  • Peter Holding

Part of the Text and Performance book series (TEPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Peter Holding
      Pages 13-16
    3. Peter Holding
      Pages 16-23
    4. Peter Holding
      Pages 29-36
    5. Peter Holding
      Pages 36-41
  3. Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 42-42
    2. Peter Holding
      Pages 42-45
    3. Peter Holding
      Pages 45-51
    4. Peter Holding
      Pages 51-57
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      Pages 57-63
    6. Peter Holding
      Pages 63-68
    7. Peter Holding
      Pages 68-73
    8. Peter Holding
      Pages 73-75
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 76-79

About this book


Peter Holding places Romeo and Juliet in the context of Shakespeare's early plays and examines its relationship to the Petrarchan sonnet tradition. Part 1 considers the play's language, imagery, its themes of love and death and examines the challenges to be faced in its production. Part 2 looks in detail at five major productions: Franco Zeffirelli (1961), Terry Hands (1973), Trevor Nunn and Barry Kyle (1976), Michael Bogdanor (1986) and Terry Hands (1989). A fascinating study, combining close attention to the text with an awareness of its experimental theatricality.


1989 death drama knowledge language love performance play theatre tradition William Shakespeare

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