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In which I find out whether “Romeo & Juliet” is the world’s greatest romance or a story about two dumb, horny teenagers.


“Romeo & Juliet” by William Shakespeare (New Washington Press)


Title page: Public Domain

“Cushman Sisters” by Unknown – Shakespeare: The Globe & The World ISBN 0195026462, Public Domain.

Fuseli, Henry – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain.

“Act II, Scene VI” by Sir John Gilbert – Melhoramentos Edition, Public Domain.

“Romeo and Juliet” by John Opie, engraved by G.S. and J.G. Facius, Public Domain.

“Romeo and Juliet” by Ford Madox Brown

“Juliet” by Thomas Francis Dicksee

“Romeo and Juliet” by Thomas Francis Dicksee


“Romeo and Juliet” (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)

Main cast: Leonard Whitling, Olivia Hussey

“Romeo & Juliet” (Carlo Carlei, 2013)

Main cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick

“Gnomeo and Juliet” (Kelly Asbury, 2011)

Main cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt


“Cute” by bensound.com

“Indie Romance” by Silent Partners


“Falling Rose Petals” by Epic Slo Mo

Key words: classic, romance, tragedy, elizabethan, tudor, play, poetry, love, capulet, montague, tybalt, mercutio, nurse, friar lawrence, death, violence