1. cassius614:

    The Shakespeare Minute: In “Romeo and Juliet,” there’s a climactic fight scene between Mercutio and Tybalt, two men who… had no interaction before that moment? Why exactly are they on such a collision course then? I investigate why in the latest installment of “Shakespeare Themes”.

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  2. shakespeareaudio:

    Ralph Fiennes as Romeo, Raymond Coulthard as Benvolio and David Tennant as Mercutio in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

    • Romeo
      Can I go forward when my heart is here? 
      Turn back, dull earth, and find thy centre out.

    [He climbs the wall, and leaps down within it]


    • Benvolio
      Romeo! my cousin Romeo!
    • Mercutio
      He is wise; 
      And, on my lie, hath stol’n him home to bed.
    • Benvolio
      He ran this way, and leap’d this orchard wall: 
      Call, good Mercutio.
    • Mercutio
      Nay, I’ll conjure too. 
      Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover! 
      Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh: 
      Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied; 
      Cry but ‘Ay me!’ pronounce but ‘love’ and ‘dove;’ 
      Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word, 
      One nick-name for her purblind son and heir, 
      Young Adam Cupid, he that shot so trim, 
      When King Cophetua loved the beggar-maid! 
      He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not; 
      The ape is dead, and I must conjure him. 
      I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes, 
      By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, 
      By her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh 
      And the demesnes that there adjacent lie, 
      That in thy likeness thou appear to us!
    • Benvolio
      And if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him.
    • Mercutio
      This cannot anger him: ‘twould anger him 
      To raise a spirit in his mistress’ circle 
      Of some strange nature, letting it there stand 
      Till she had laid it and conjured it down; 
      That were some spite: my invocation 
      Is fair and honest, and in his mistress’ name 
      I conjure only but to raise up him.
    • Benvolio
      Come, he hath hid himself among these trees, 
      To be consorted with the humorous night: 
      Blind is his love and best befits the dark.
    • Mercutio
      If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark. 
      Now will he sit under a medlar tree, 
      And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit 
      As maids call medlars, when they laugh alone. 
      Romeo, that she were, O, that she were 
      An open et caetera, thou a poperin pear! 
      Romeo, good night: I’ll to my truckle-bed; 
      This field-bed is too cold for me to sleep: 
      Come, shall we go?
    • Benvolio
      Go, then; for ‘tis in vain 
      To seek him here that means not to be found.


    (Source: plays.pursuedbyabear.net)


  3. "I've found my new victim."
    This is him WOOING JULIET.
    "Is my murder technique efficient?"



    Laurence Harvey as serial killer Romeo Montague in Renato Castellani’s Romeo and Juliet.

    hi my name is Ann you look like you don’t need to sleep tonight

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  4. Romeo and Juliet, featuring Benvolio’s inconspicuous crotch seal.


  5. David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath as the title characters in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.


  6. renkris:


    David Tennant as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2000

    Nice Faux Hawk there, Dave.

    Now imagine him talking to himself as Mercutio in this scene or this one.

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  7. shakespeareaudio:

    Joseph Fiennes as Romeo, David Tennant as Mercutio, and Raymond Coulthard as Benvolio in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

    • Mercutio
      I am hurt. 
      A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped. 
      Is he gone, and hath nothing?
    • Benvolio
      What, art thou hurt?
    • Mercutio
      Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch; marry, ‘tis enough. 
      Where is my page? Go, villain, fetch a surgeon.

    [Exit Page]

    • Romeo
      Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
    • Mercutio
      No, ‘tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a 
      church-door; but ‘tis enough,’twill serve: ask for 
      me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I 
      am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o’ 
      both your houses! ‘Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a 
      cat, to scratch a man to death! a braggart, a 
      rogue, a villain, that fights by the book of 
      arithmetic! Why the devil came you between us? I 
      was hurt under your arm.
    • Romeo
      I thought all for the best.
    • Mercutio
      Help me into some house, Benvolio, 
      Or I shall faint. A plague o’ both your houses! 
      They have made worms’ meat of me: I have it, 
      And soundly too: your houses!

    (Source: plays.pursuedbyabear.net)


  8. shakespeareaudio:

    Joseph Fiennes as Romeo and David Tennant as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.


  9. poorshadowsofelysium:

    Ian McKellen as Romeo and Michael Pennington as Mercutio, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977.


  10. Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, 
    Which mannerly devotion shows in this; 
    For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, 
    And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.

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  11. renkris:

    I am now wondering what the Costume Designer on this production was smoking.

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  12. Long story short, lots of people end up killing themselves in Shakespeare’s works.


  13. renkris:

    Romeo and Juliet by ~EliN-lianoR

    Finally, an age accurate depiction!

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