English Literature / Drama GCSE: Romeo and Juliet - About the 2011 RSC production

The cast discuss acting, directing and prop choices for this production.

They explore the choice of weapons, accents and costumes.

This short film is from the BBC series, Shakespeare Unlocked.

Teacher Notes

This short film aims to help students understand the choices that directors and actors have in putting on a Shakespeare play.

The actress playing Lady Capulet talks about how design choices (such as costumes and wigs) impact on interpretation of character.

Ask your students to look out for what she says about how the design choices influenced her approach to the character.

In small groups ask students to discuss the design choices made for this production.

Ask them to consider some or all of the following:

  • Romeo and Juliet in different period dress to everyone else.
  • Choice of weapons.
  • Choice of accents.
  • Setting Act 3, Scene 5 as a breakfast scene.

What effect do these choices have on us, the audience?

Can they imagine different choices?

What would these different choices change in terms of audience response to the play or characters?

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching GCSE English literature and drama in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/ 5 in Scotland.

More from Shakespeare Unlocked - Romeo and Juliet

Act 2, Scene 2 - Juliet's soliloquy (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - Lovers unite (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - Romeo's soliloquy (workshop)
Act 2, Scene 2 - The Balcony
Act 3, Scene 1 - Death of Mercutio (workshop)
Act 3, Scene 1 - Spoiling for a fight (workshop)
Act 3, Scene 1 - The Fight
Act 3, Scene 5 - Juliet is abandoned (workshop)