‘Seek happy nights to happy days’
[Act I, scene 4, 105]
Juliet’s Nurse is employed by her mother and father, Lord and Lady Capulet. She has cared for Juliet since she was born, and thinks of her as her own daughter. The Nurse discovers that Juliet has fallen in love with Romeo, the son of her father’s enemy. Even though she disapproves of Romeo, she keeps their relationship secret and helps in their marriage.
She is devastated when she finds out about the death of Tybalt at the hands of Romeo, and finds it very difficult to tell Juliet the sad news. But the Nurse promises her that she will bring Romeo to her one last time. After Romeo has left the city, she advises Juliet to move on and marry her parents’ choice, Paris. Tragically, on the morning of the wedding, she discovers Juliet dead in her bed. It is a sad day for the house, as they prepare for Juliet’s funeral rather than her marriage.
[Mercutio: Act II, scene 4, 141]
[Juliet: Act II, scene 5, 28]
[Juliet: Act II, scene 5, 79]
‘I’ve only ever performed in one Shakespeare before, and it was possibly the second professional acting job I ever did which was A Midsummer Night’s Dream…’
(Debbie Chazen, Nurse)
Appearing in her second Shakespearean play, Debbie shares her journey with the Globe from audience to actor, as well as her character’s own arc through the play.
I’ve looked after this girl as if she was my own kid for YEARS. But she’s keeping a secret from her parents…a BIG one. Plus I work for them. Should I tell them? Or keep her secret…?
More coming soon…