'Shakespeare invented the human as we continue to know it' Harold Bloom
Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Shakespeare's immortal drama tells the story of star-crossed lovers, rival dynasties and bloody revenge. Romeo and Juliet is a hymn to youth and the thrill of forbidden love, charged with sexual passion and violence, but also a warning of death: a dazzling combination of bawdy comedy and high tragedy.
Used and Recommended by the National Theatre
General Editor Stanley Wells
Edited by T. J. B. Spencer
Introduction by Adrian Poole
Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers are brought to life in this full-cast production with sound effects and a musical score. Based on a performance at the 2012 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this adaptation of the classic play is set in California in the 1840s. It skillfully blends regional accents and expressions into the script, making the dialogue suit the setting. The ensemble cast delivers an expert performance, ably capturing characters and their moods and intentions with nothing but shifts in tone, emphasis, and cadence. Still more impressive, the actors deliver lines in ways that make their meanings clear to listeners even those who have trouble understanding Shakespeare.
E-book links to footnotes are missing
The one star review if for the ebook and not for Shakespeare’s play, of course. I’ve bought quite a few Penguin Shakespeare plays from iTunes and they’re all excellent because all the links to the footnotes are included as hyperlinks -click on blue text in the play and you jump to the footnote at the end. Sadly in this book the feature is missing. I complained about it to Apple when I first bought the book last year. They gave me a refund and said to try downloading it again in a few months. I now have but they haven’t solved the problem. Instead they’ve just dropped the price. It’s a real shame because, being Shakespeare, the the text is difficult in places and it’s great to be able to jump easily to the explanatory footnotes when you don’t understand a word or phrase. Using the scroll bar it’s next to impossible to navigate to the right reference which makes the footnotes next to useless. Very disappointing Apple or Penguin won’t put this right.