I have been following a blog by a student at Bristol University that offers some excellent short articles on themes in Shakespeare, amongst other things. It is worth a look. In this article she talks about Romeo and Juliet, which is appropriate for the Love strand of this year’s Shakespeare in the Mountains.
We will gather in Villandas in December to read five plays in five days. Serious conversation about reading will be limited to dinner and the walks we do in the mornings because the reading has to be continuous.
Romeo and Juliet is so well-known that we can forget the subtlety of Shakespeare’s word and character play. I particularly liked the suggestion in the article that we could see the play through Mercutio’s eyes, that he is the one who understands what is going on.