We have a free download available of the play; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We also have a detailed summary of the script in acts and scenes. Check out our Romeo and Juliet monologues and videos which are accessible from our Teen Monologue Page. There is plenty of free acting advice included with the monologues. Enjoy.
Romeo and Juliet is a passionate story of teenaged love. One of the greatest plays ever written in the English language. In the hot summer sun of Verona, young love grows, but so does hatred and violence. Gangs of young men wander the streets of Verona looking for trouble. Juliet is the only daughter of the Capulet family who are mortal enemies of the Montagues. Romeo Montague can't help but fall hopelessly in love with Juliet when he sees her at a masked ball that he and his gang have snuck into.
Romeo jumps a wall and hides in a garden to get away from his drunken friends; Mercutio and Benvolio. He sees Juliet come onto the balcony overlooking the garden. For more on this beautiful monologue go to Romeo sees Juliet on the balcony
Juliet looks over the dark garden and then up at the moon and the stars and can think of nothing but the young man she has met at the ball. She is torn because he is a sworn enemy of her family. For more on her famous monologue go to Juliet on her balcony
Juliet has been promised by her father to another young man. She secretly weds Romeo with the help of a compassionate holy man; a Friar. That night, Romeo is to climb into Juliet's bedroom so that they can be together. Juliet is very impatient as can be seen in this monologue Gallop apace
Meanwhile, Romeo's best friend Mercutio tries to pick a fight with Juliet's cousin Tybalt. Tybalt ignores him as he is waiting to fight with Romeo. Romeo approaches in a great mood after having been married to Juliet. Tybalt challenges him but Romeo can't face fighting Juliet's cousin. At this point he hates no one. His friend Mercutio takes up the challenge on Romeo's behalf. Romeo tries to break them up. Mercutio tries to push him away and is stabbed and dies.
Enraged Romeo grabs his sword and fights the much bigger Tybalt. Tybalt is caught off guard and killed by Romeo's sword.
Romeo is banished to Mantua and is never to set foot in Verona again for this crime of murder. When Juliet's nurse tells her the news, she is crushed. To look at one of the most powerful emotional monologues that Shakespeare has written go to Juliet's despair But true love cannot be denied. Pressured to marry her father's choice for a husband, Juliet runs to see the Friar that married Romeo and her. He gives her a potion which will mimick death. When her family discovers her, they will place her in the family tomb, and the Friar will let Romeo know and he can come and rescue her and the two young lovers can move away and live happily ever after.
The plan goes horribly wrong as before the Friar's messenger can deliver the happy news to Romeo in Mantua, Romeo's faithful servant Balthasar tells Romeo the grim news that he has seen the body of Juliet lowered into the ground. Thinking Juliet is dead, instead of under the spell of a potion, Romeo races back to Verona to die in the tomb with Juliet.
Juliet awakes happily from her drugged sleep thinking that now that her family thinks she is dead, she can run away with Romeo. She is overcome with grief to see Romeo dead by her resting place. She takes his knife and kills herself.
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