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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo, heir of the lordly Montague family of the Italian city of Verona, goes wearing a mask to a dance held by the Capulets, their bitter rivals in the city. There, Romeo falls head over heels for Juliet Capulet, and they are secretly married by the obliging Friar Lawrence. Following a fight, Romeo is banished from the city, and Juliet's father promises her in marriage to another young fellow, Paris. Juliet unwisely agrees to a plan suggested by Friar Lawrence, takes a drug which will make her seem dead for two days and is put into the family vault, expecting Romeo to collect her when she wakes up. However, Romeo fails to get Friar Lawrence's message, believes Juliet is dead, kills Paris, then drinks poison and dies by Juliet's side. On waking up, she finds Romeo's body and stabs herself to death. As a result (if a rather unlikely one) the Montague and Capulet lords make up their ancient quarrel and a new friendship blossoms between the warring factions.

Name Type Role
William Shakespeare Writer
Cedric Messina Producer
Alvin Rakoff Director
Laurence Naismith Actor Prince Escalus
John Savident Actor Friar John
Christopher Northey Actor Paris
Michael Hordern Actor Capulet
David Sibley Actor Sampson
Anthony Andrews Actor Mercutio
Paul Henry Actor Peter
John Gielgud Actor Chorus
Jack Carr Actor Gregory
Joseph O'Conor Actor Friar Laurence
Roger Davidson Actor Balthasar
Alan Rickman Actor Tybalt
Bunny Reed Actor Abraham
Jacqueline Hill Actor Lady Capulet
Patrick Ryecart Actor Romeo
Zulema Dene Actor Lady Montague
Celia Johnson Actor Nurse
Vernon Dobtcheff Actor Apothecary
Christopher Strauli Actor Benvolio
Rebecca Saire Actor Juliet
Esmond Knight Actor Old Capulet