Roméo et Juliette

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 6:00PM

Roméo et Juliette
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In 14th Century Verona a deadly feud divides the families of Capulet and Montague; so it's an act of foolhardy bravado when the adolescent Roméo, a Montague, gains access to a masked ball given by the Capulets to celebrate the birthday of their daughter Juliette.

Juliette is reluctantly betrothed in marriage to Count Paris. But on meeting Roméo her heart is turned – until her cousin Tybalt steps in and exposes Roméo as a member of the rival clan. A fight seems imminent, but Roméo makes a swift retreat. And Juliette is left disturbed by her own feelings for a family enemy.

Roméo is back, this time in the Capulet garden where he waits for Juliette to appear on her balcony. They pledge undying love.

The lovers meet at the cell of Friar Lawrence, an obliging cleric who has agreed to marry them in secret, with Juliette's nurse Gertrude as the sole witness. Meanwhile a street-fight breaks out between Montagues and Capulets, in the course of which Tybalt kills Roméo's friend and kinsman Mercutio. Drawn reluctantly into the fray, Roméo is then obliged to fight Tybalt - who gets killed in combat, leaving Roméo to answer for his death with exile from the city.

Roméo has, once again, found his way into Juliette's room where the forbidden lovers comfort each other until Roméo makes his escape as dawn rises. Juliette is then appalled to learn from her father that the promised marriage to Paris will now take place without delay. She appeals to Friar Lawrence for help. And his solution is death – not actual but simulated, by a potion that will render her apparently lifeless. Her body will then be transported to a funeral vault where, the next day , she'll recover and can fly to the waiting arms of Roméo. Juliette follows this advice and falls 'dead' in the middle of her wedding.

Friar Lawrence has written to Roméo to explain the plan, but the letter failed to get through. So when Roméo learns that Juliette has died he has no reason to doubt it. Breaking into her tomb he takes poison, intending to die beside her. Moments later she revives, in time for a concluding duet with her lover but too late to save him. With no other option, Juliette stabs herself. They die together.