Act 3 Scene 1 – Mercutio’s fight with Tybalt

In Act 3 Scene 1, Tybalt approaches Romeo and his friends and challenges him to a fight. Romeo refuses because he is secretly married to Tybalt’s cousin, Juliet. How might you stage a modern version of this fight scene? How would you use the stage design to get across the idea of two warring sides? There are many possibilities for a director to consider.

This video shows a group of stage designers pitching ideas on how to stage this scene. As you watch, consider the following:

  • what a modern interpretation of the fight might look like
  • whether it's more Tybalt than Mercutio who gets the fight going
  • whether you would make the fight serious or funny and what effect you think this would have on the audience