Soon I will be introducing my students to Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet. It’s a timeless story repeated throughout literature and film. Two lovers not meant to be together yet drawn to love one another regardless of their circumstances. I didn’t realize how strong that story line ran until I watched Lorna Doone the other night. And there it was right before me–John Ridd and his pure love for Lorna Doone. Such a gorgeous love story. I then began to think about all about the other Romeo and Juliet stories I’ve come across without realizing it. Some end happily and others do not. It’s the telling of the two hearts intertwined that makes the story so memorable. I do believe the world has been made a bit lovelier for the joy that comes from the sorrow that happens when two hearts are kept apart because it is so wonderful when those hearts do find their way to be together after all.
A handful of Romeo and Juliet themes:
The Summer of My German Soldier
Tristan and Isolde
Pyramus and Thisbe
West Side Story
I am looking forward to the upcoming release of Romeo and Juliet starring the lovely Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in True Grit. There are many Romeo and Juliet versions, yet I am hopeful this new version will be a standout. The depth Ms. Steinfeld brought to the role as Mattie Ross, she will, I hope, bring as Juliet, for a Romeo does need his inspiration.
- Romeo and Juliet Resource Guide (costumediscounters.com)
- 16,000 pupils handed free tickets to see Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe (standard.co.uk)
- William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet (sempiternalloveforbooks.wordpress.com)