Michele Douglas Graves County High School Introduction to Romeo and Juliet Presented November 2002
Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon
Son of John & Mary Arden
Similar to the home young Shakespeare may have grown up in.
1583 Married Anne Hathaway
Susanna, Hamnet, Judith
Seven Dark Years
Conditions in London were not pleasant.
Homes of the poor were small and dirty
Sewage ran in open ditches in the streets
Overcrowding and unemployment were major problems.
Heads of traitors were displayed on pikes on the city’s main bridge.
Located on the south bank of the Thames
The most famous London Playhouse
Owned by the Burbage family
Flew a flag to announce a performance
Acting companies used boys to play female roles.
Shakespeare was a member of Lord Chamberlain’s Company. Later called the King’s Men.
The wealthy’s view of the stage
as seen by the groundlings
Large assemblies of people
Guilt by association
Theaters were often located outside the city walls to avoid censor by London’s Lord Mayor.
Written in 1599
Celebrates the passion of youthful love
Dates back to 400 AD in a Greek Romance
Feud--a prolonged conflict between families.
The feud is so old that the cause has been forgotten.
“Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?”