The Prologue and First Scene of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

1974 Words8 Pages
The Prologue and First Scene of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet This essay will feature how different directors put the original text of 'Romeo & Juliet' into films using their own interpretations. In the prologue Shakespeare has given an insight into the play similar to a blurb on a book or a film trailer. The prologue sets the scene, " In fair Verona (where we lay our scene)," making the play more believable, as in Shakespeare's time scenery would have been minimal. In Elizabethan theatre the prologue would have been there to catch the audience and tell them that the play was about to begin, as well as including general information, " two hours traffic of our stage," like how long the…show more content…
Many directors have shown their interpretations of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' through both stage and films. Two well-known performances of 'Romeo and Juliet' are by Luhrman and Zeffirelli. Baz Luhrman is one of many directors to show their interpretations of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Luhrman repeats the prologue three times, in this sense he is trying to achieve the same as Shakespeare: to capture the audience. Luhrman accomplishes this by the variety of ways in which he portrays the prologue. For example the first showing of the prologue is a new reader on a television screen, this inclines the audience to believe important news is coming, it also suggest tragedy. The second time the audience view the prologue is in a selections of straight cut clips, these are out takes from newspapers, as well as pictures of the setting and characters. It is very similar to a short film trailer and the audience can relate to this, also as the shots are quick in concession this catches the viewers' eyes. The third viewing of the prologue is fast black and white subtitles (of the prologue) appearing on the screen, this is there to make sure the audience got every part of the prologue and to aid understanding. In general the prologue captures the audience,
Get Access