The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare and Directed by Steven Spielberg

"And if we meet we shall not ’scape a brawl, For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring."

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare, The Globe Theatre and Lord Chamberlain's Men
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, May 19th, 3pm

The Globe Theatre

Elizabethan Fashion

All you need to know about the current styles.


The basic undergarment can be worn in many styles. The low necked smock is currently in style and the high necked gathered smock and the high necked ungathered smock have fallen out of style. Beware of the low necked ungathered smock! It has been out of style for 20 years! Stick with the low necked ungathered smock.

Spanish Farthingale:

Although it is not commonly seen, the decorative underskirt must be luxurious and brightly colored to be considered fashionable The color of the farthingale and the covering for the hoops MUST be the same color. Otherwise, it will clash.


Blue is out! Red is in! Collection of blue petticoats to give to the poor are at Ye Old Widows Organization. The new Red petticoats are going to be in more shops in the next few weeks so get ready to be fashionable!


Make sure to have a low neckline on your gown to accentuate your pale white skin! If you have somewhat dark skin, see Makeup


To get that flawless pale white skin, apply white lead for a foundation base. Some say it is bad for the skin but no worries! Feel free to apply liberally! It works very well for clearing up acne as well! After that, apply red ceruse to your lips and cheeks.


The head MUST be adorned with a French hood, cappe, cawl and kercher. Hats made of cloth of gold and cloth of silver are the highest quality and the most fashionable! Bright colors and metallic colors really look well with the current summer style!

I hope you enjoyed this week's insight on Elizabethan Fashion!

"Elizabethan Hats for Women." Elizabethan Hats for Women. Web. 18 May 2016.

"Elizabethan Petticoats." Elizabethan Costume. Web. 18 May 2016.

"How to Make an Elizabethan Chemise." Elizabethan Costume. Web. 18 May 2016.

"Putting on an Elizabethan Outfit." Elizabethan Costume. Web. 18 May 2016.

"The Spanish Farthingale." Elizabethan Costume. Web. 18 May 2016.

About the Globe

The Globe was built in 1599 out of timber. It was built for the Chamberlain's Men by Cuthbert Burbage. The Globe was a hexagonal structure that was three stories high with no roof. It held about 1,500 people. Besides the inner and outer stage there was a large cellar called hell, in which ghosts would appear for the plays. Behind the stages there was the tiring-house, the three story section of the playhouse that contained the dressing rooms, the prop room and the musician's gallery. The first level was an inner stage when the actors needed it. It was for calling a "scene within a scene", when "a character or item needed to be dramatically revealed", or when a scene called for a small place. The second floor had a balcony (used in Romeo and Juliet many times) and window stages on each side. The window stages were for when an actor needed to be seen through a window. The third level had "a central music gallery and two large lofts on either side of it, used as storage and dressing rooms". The third floor was where the orchestra and the musical instruments in storage were.

Please enjoy the show!

Mabillard, Amanda. The Globe Theatre. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2008

About the Playwright

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. William was the third child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. William had two older sisters, Joan and Judith, and three younger brothers, Gilbert, Richard and Edmund. He most likely attended the King's New School, in Stratford but records are unsure. William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and had three children with her, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. In 1592, it is known that Shakespeare was making a living as an actor and a playwright. From roughly 1594 onward, he was an important member of the" Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players". By 1599, Shakespeare and his theater partners built The Globe Theater. Shakespeare died on April 25, 1616.

"William Shakespeare." A&E Networks Television. Web. 18 May 2016.


Rules of the Theatre

1) No throwing food at the performers

2) No quarreling allowed. If you do, you will be removed from the theatre

3) No going on stage- even children

4) No one is allowed to blow out candles purposefully during night performances

5) No one is allowed to switch into a more expensive section of the theatre than they paid for

Synopsis: Act III Scene I

Benvolio and Mercutio are lounging in a public place. Mercutio sees Tybalt and tries to get him to fight with him. Benvolio tries to get him to back off. Tybalt requests to fight with Romeo. Romeo comes into the scene and notices Tybalt's anger towards him. Romeo refuses to fight but Tybalt attempts to egg him on. Mercutio then draws his sword and starts fighting with Tybalt. Tybalt kills Mercutio. Romeo then gets angry and starts fighting with Tybalt. Tybalt dies and Romeo runs away. The Prince and the Capulets come and Benvolio tells the the Prince the honest truth about what happened. The Capulets want Romeo to die but instead the Prince exiles him.


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