Romeo and Juliet "On Stage" at Toronto Reference Library 2013

March 2, 2013 | Dawn

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  Dr. Jane Freeman on Romeo and Juliet

Toronto Public Library and the Stratford Festival present four thought-provoking lectures by noted theatre experts on the Shakespeare plays to be presented at Stratford in 2013. Preceded by a cash bar reception; doors open at 6 pm. A question and answer session will follow each talk.

Tue Mar 05, 2013
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins
Toronto Reference Library,
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 2nd Floor

Book for your free ticket for this lecture - and all the other On Stage Shakespeare lectures. Note: separate ticket required for each lecture.

Want to learn more about Romeo and Juliet, why not try these reading and viewing suggestions?


Speaker’s Choice: suggested by Dr. Jane Freeman

Shakespeare and Modern Culture by Marjorie Garber. Pantheon Books, 2008

Romeo and Juliet, introduction by Jill Levenson. Oxford University Press, 2000

*Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zefferelli, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. 1968

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet [DVD]. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Shakespeare and Modern Culture by Marjorie Garber  Romeo and Juliet, introduction by Jill Levenson  Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann


 *not available at TPL

 and even more about Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet:

Romeo and Juliet ArdenRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Arden Shakespeare, 2000.




Prefaces to Shakespeare by Tony TannerPrefaces to Shakespeare by Tony Tanner. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. In the final 10 years of his life, Tony Tanner tackled the largest project any critic in English can take on – writing a preface to each of Shakespeare’s plays.



Shakespeare, sex, & love by Stanley W. WellsShakespeare, Sex, & Love by Stanley W. Wells. Oxford University Press, 2010. A lively look at how Shakespeare’s treatment of sexuality in his plays and poems relates to the sexual conventions, mores and behaviours of his day.




Romeo and Juliet directed Richard MonetteRomeo & Juliet [DVD]. Morningstar Entertainment, Inc., 2003. Directed by Richard Monette, starring Megan Follows, Norman Campbell.  Dramatization of William Shakespeare's classic story of star-crossed lovers, set in the turbulent era of fascist 1920's Italy.





Shakespeare the Biography by Peter AckroydShakespeare: the Biography by Peter Ackroyd. Chatto & Windus, 2005. Ackroyd combines readable narrative and unique observation with a sharp eye for the fascinating fact, as he re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare and brings the playwright himself into vivid focus.




Shakespeare  the World as Stage by Bill BrysonShakespeare:  the World as Stage by Bill Bryson. Atlas Books/HarperCollins, 2007. The centuries of mysteries, half-truths and downright lies about Shakespeare are deftly explored as Bryson draws a picture that includes many aspects of the playwright's life, making sense of the man behind the masterpieces.




Related Reading:

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film by Russell JacksonThe Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film by Russell Jackson. Cambridge University Press, 2007. A lively collection of authoritative critical and historical essays on the films adapted from, and inspired by, Shakespeare’s plays.




Romanoff and Juliet a comedy in three acts by Peter UstinovRomanoff and Juliet: a Comedy in Three Acts by Peter Ustinov.  1957. This Tony Award-nominated play is a comic spoof of the cold war that sets two families at odds, one communist and one capitalist, with Igor and Juliet caught in the middle.




Romeo and Juliet a Close Study of the Relationship Between Text and Film by Courtley LehmannRomeo and Juliet: a Close Study of the Relationship Between Text and Film by Courtley Lehmann. Methuen Drama, 2010. Focusing primarily on West Side Story and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, this is an in-depth study of the adaptation process from classic literary work to film version.




Shakespeare and the American Musical by Irene G. DashShakespeare and the American Musical by Irene G. Dash. Indiana University Press 2010. Dash explores the influence of Shakespeare on American musical theatre through analysis of five important works, including West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet).




Something's Coming, Something Good West Side Story and the American Imagination by Misha BersonSomething's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination by Misha Berson. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011. A critical, comprehensive and revealing look at one of the most inventive and influential Broadway musicals, from its inception to its continuing success on stage and film.




Go Digital:

E-audioRomeo and Juliet [eAudiobook]. Naxos AudioBooks, 1997. Performed  by Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, and Fiona Shaw.




E-audioShakespeare: the Seven Major Tragedies by Harold Bloom [eAudiobook]. Recorded Books, LLC, 2005. Narrated by Harold Bloom.  




Discovering Shakespeare CollectionShakespeare Collection.  Full-text electronic database from Gale Publishing, including The Arden Shakespeare, criticism, performance, literary and interdisciplinary journals.  [TPL library card required to login.]