April 3

Romeo and Juliet

Star-crossed lovers. Unrequited love.

They’re alternative endings to the ‘happily ever after’ formulaic romance.

Love has provided the theme for music, art and literature for centuries. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has formed the basis of many derivative narratives, despite their different settings and added elements (Westside Story, Wuthering Heights, Twilight and the Hunger Games for starters)!


Romeo and Juliet by Frank Dicksee (Used under Creative Commons license).

Library resources:

822.33 ROM Various editions of Romeo and Juliet, including in abridged editions, a graphic novel, and critical notes.

822.33 SHA Books about Shakespeare, his life and times.

822.33 SHA Stories from Shakespeare – A summary of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

DVDs in the Aquinas Library (available for loan):

DVD0302 Romeo & Juliet (Zefferelli)

DVD0066 Romeo & Juliet (Baz Luhrman)

DVD0621 Shakespeare – a critical guide to Romeo & Juliet

DVD0758 Shakespeare Shorts – Romeo & Juliet

DVD0794 Romeo & Juliet – A personal view by Germaine Greer

YouTube Clips:

Sparknotes – Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet summary

Romeo & Juliet (CliffsNotes YouTube summary)

Here’s a glimpse of the story using clips from Zefferelli’s movie version of the play (1968) and the original theme song. Personally, this is my favourite film version of the play – perhaps not as clever as Luhrman’s, but certainly more romantic!

The full version of Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet can be viewed here in two parts: Part 1; Part 2

Renowned young adult author John Green (The Fault in our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska) narrates the following two short films examining the themes of Romeo and Juliet. They’re well worth watching.

Pentameter and Bear Baiting (Video 1 of 2)

Love or lust in Romeo and Juliet (author John Green examines Romeo and Juliet – Video 1 of 2)

…and here’s a funny summary of the play which you might like.

Critical Guides of Romeo and Juliet online:


Smoop notes

Shakespeare Navigators (includes quotations, characters, scenes, themes and motifs, and a searchable PDF of the play)

Interactive folio – Romeo and Juliet

Themes of Romeo and Juliet

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Teacher Resources:

Cliffnotes handouts

BBC teaching pack

Teaching and Learning in the digital age: Romeo and Juliet (includes Powerpoint presentations)

Signet Guide

Classic Comics (downloads)

California Shakespeare Theater

Mr Lettiere’s English on the web – pre-reading guide and hub for other resources

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