Romeo and Juliet
“Two households, both alike in dignity,/ In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,/ From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,/ Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” So opens Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy. The play is about two “star-cross’d lovers” and it was popular from the moment it was first performed. The tragic story of the love between two members of feuding families has remained a hit, weaving an unforgettable romance with searing questions about fate, loyalty, and untimely death.
Fuelled by fierce loyalty and littered with violent deaths, the feud between Verona’s two principal families is frequently compared to gang warfare in the modern age.
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