The Prince of Verona has broken up a street-fight between the families Capulet and Montagues; two sworn enemies. The prince states that the next to continue this rivalry will be put to death. Meanwhile, the Prince’s kinsman, Paris, is invited to a Capulet party as a suitor for Juliet, Lord Capulet’s daughter. Also at this same party is a group of Montagues that includes Romeo. Romeo sees Juliet and is infatuated with her beauty. The dance and kiss only to learn later that they belong to opposing families.
Later that night, Romeo scales a wall and climbs to Juliet’s balcony where they exchange promises of love to each other. The next day, after Romeo and Juliet are married, anther street-fight takes place in which Romeo’s friend Mercuito is killed by Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Romeo then slays Tybalt and flees the city only later learning that he has been banished from Verona by the Prince.
Lord Capulet decides to arrange the marriage of Juliet and Paris. Juliet consults with Friar Lawrence, who married her and he gives her a potion that will make her appear to be dead. They plan for Romeo to come and steal her away as soon as she wakes up. Romeo, however, does not get the message, rushes to the tomb, and poisons himself. Shortly, Juliet wakes and seeing her lover dead kills herself too leaving the Friar to convey the story to the two broken households.
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