‘For never was a story
of more woe
Than this of Juliet
and her Romeo’
[Act V scene 3, 309]
Prince Escalus represents the authority of Verona. He is neutral in the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets, and only wants peace between them. He has broken up many of their brawls and has warned the punishment for any further fighting will be death.
When he is called to the scene of Mercutio and Tybalt’s deaths, he shows mercy to Romeo by banishing him from Verona. Saddened by the deaths of so many young people in his city, he vows to uphold the law with punishment for some and a pardoning for others.
[Benvolio: Act III, scene 1, 144]
[Watchman: Act V, scene 3, 194]
[Montague: Act V, scene 3, 209]
‘When the doors flew open! Walking out [on stage] with your company as well and then taking a line in front of the stage, it’s probably one of the most powerful things I’ve ever done….’
(Christopher Chung, Paris)
As the cast step out on to the stage for the first time, Christopher shares what that feeling is like and reveals what characters (plural) he will be playing in Romeo and Juliet.
I am aware that our city has been facing an increase in violence. I have reached out to the parties involved, but they are deaf to my pleadings. I AM CALLING FOR A DAY OF PEACE. Any ideas for how to bring people together?