Broadway's Romeo and Juliet


Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet

The story
Two families of Verona, the Montagues and Capulets, have been feuding for many years. Attending a Capulet ball uninvited, Romeo, the son of Lord and Lady Montague, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet.  During the night Romeo and Juliet meet in the garden and declare their love for each other. The following day they are married secretly by Friar Laurence.

However Tybalt, Juliet’s brother, still furious that Romeo had the audacity to attend the ball, challenges him to a duel. When Romeo refuses to fight, his friend Mercutio accepts the challenge on his behalf and is killed. In revenge Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona. Juliet is anxious that Romeo is late meeting her and finds out about the fighting from her Nurse. With Friar Laurence’s help it is arranged that Romeo will spend the night with Juliet before leaving the city.

Grieving for their dead son Tybalt, Juliet’s parents decide to marry Juliet to their chosen suitor, Paris, the following day. In distress Juliet meets with Friar Laurence and they concoct a plan: Juliet will take a sleeping potion that will make everyone think she is dead. Romeo will then come to her tomb and they will run away together. When the wedding party come to Juliet’s bedchamber in the morning they think she is dead and take her body to the tomb. Friar Laurence sends a messenger to Romeo to come and rescue his sleeping wife, but Romeo doesn’t receive the message and believes instead that Juliet is dead.

Heartbroken Romeo buys some poison and goes to the tomb where he comes upon Paris mourning for Juliet and in the ensuing fight Romeo kills him. In despair at Juliet’s apparent death Romeo swallows the poison just as Juliet starts to wake from her drugged sleep. Finding Romeo dead beside her, Juliet stabs herself with his dagger. The feuding families come to the tomb and make their peace, vowing to erect a monument in the memory of their dead children.