Romeo and Juliet IN LOVE ... well, weren't they?!
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Cast size of 18-30 can be easily adjusted up or down. Likewise with actual duration of play - depending on length and number of songs included - to lengthen the play from around 15 minute, Dire Straits song Romeo and Juliet can be added - as explained in Production Notes.
The script is versatile and easy to produce - narrative kept very simple - a modern day adaptation. I will be writing a lengthier script that has greater inclusion of original Shakespeare script which would be suitable for older students. This one, in its simplicity, is really suitable for Year 5/6 plus.
1. Love is in the air – John Paul Young or Tom Jones
2. *Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits *optional inclusion – see Production Notes
3. Can you feel the love tonight? – Elton John
4. You’re the one that I want – Olivia Newton John and John Travolta
5. All you need is love – The Beatles
6. Don’t go breaking my heart –Kiki Dee and Elton John
7. Oh no, not my baby – Carol King
8. If you leave me now – Chicago
9. I’ll Always Love You – Whitney Houston
10. Love hurts – Nazareth
11. Stop in the name of love – Diana Ross
12. Stop Look Listen to your heart and what it’s saying – Stylistics
Juliet: (Exploding) You’ve got to be joking! Married barely an hour – and I’m looking up visiting times?!
Friar Lawrence: Compassion, my child!
Juliet: I’ll give you compassion! If you give me the money to bail him out!
Friar Lawrence: But haven’t you heard? Romeo has been let off – all you have to do is join him in Mantua.
Juliet: In Mantua? But this is my home! (Aside) I’ve heard the Mantuan shops are nothing like as good as in Verona!
Narrator: (Coughing) Er, how about just a little concern for your Romeo?
Juliet: (Tutting, reluctantly). I s’pose.
Narrator: So, let’s try that again! Take two!
Music 6 Oh no, not my baby – Carol King
Juliet: (Wailing along to song) Oh no, not my baby. Oh no, not my sweet baby!
Narrator: Oh please! Don’t let’s over do it! (Aside) Time to move the plot along – see if we can get rid of this one! No wonder Romeo had second thoughts!
(Calling to Friar) Friar! Your plan, please!
Friar: Ah yes. Now, let’s see. (Scratching head) What was it again?
Narrator: (Sighing) This could take forever! Allow me … You listening, Juliet? Take some of this ..(Hands her bottle, which she promptly downs in one, clutches throat, staggers around and then falls to the ground – dead.) and …. Oh dear! (Examining label on bottle) I’ve gone and got the bottles mixed up! This is no sleeping lotion! This one was meant for Romeo – it’s poison!
Music 7 If you leave me now – Chicago
(Cast humming accompaniment, all in state of mourning)
Narrator: Cut! Cut! This wasn’t meant to happen! How can we finish the play now?
(Romeo dashes onto stage)
Romeo: What have you done? I’ve just galloped all the way back from Mantua …
Narrator: Well, that bit’s right!
Romeo: Yes, I know. But she’s gone and drunk my poison! How am I supposed to die now?
Narrator: (Coughing) Er, a few tears for your beloved Juliet?
Romeo: (Bracing himself) OK. I’ll give it a go.
Music 8 I’ll Always Love You – Whitney Houston
(Romeo sings really ‘over the top’ version of song)
Juliet: (Sitting up abruptly) Right! That’s it! A girl can only put up with so much. I was prepared to go along with the playing it dead thing. But who said anything about having to listen to you killing my favorite song? I don’t think so! Consider us OVER!