Romeo and Juliet Mercutio's Death Scene
Mercutio is the very antithesis to Romeo. "The brooding nature of Romeo," says Dowden, "which cherishes emotion, and lives in it, is made salient by contrast with Mercutio, who is all wit, and intellect, and vivacity, an uncontrollable play of gleaming and glancing life. Upon the morning after the betrothal with Juliet, a meeting happens between Romeo and Mercutio. Previously, while a lover of Rosaline, Romeo had cultivated a lover-like melancholy. But now, partly because his blood runs gladly, partly because the union of soul with Juliet has made the whole world more real and substantial, and things have grown too solid and lasting to be disturbed by a laugh, Romeo can contend in jest with Mercutio himself, and stretch his wit of cheveril 'from an inch narrow to an ell broad.'
Romeo and Mercutio Grace and Emily Act 2 scene 4
's production in 1935 featured Gielgud and as Romeo and Mercutio, exchanging roles six weeks into the run, with as Juliet. Gielgud used a scholarly combination of Q1 and Q2 texts, and organised the set and costumes to match as closely as possible to the . His efforts were a huge success at the box office, and set the stage for increased in later productions. Olivier later compared his performance and Gielgud's: "John, all spiritual, all spirituality, all beauty, all abstract things; and myself as all earth, blood, humanity ... I've always felt that John missed the lower half and that made me go for the other ... But whatever it was, when I was playing Romeo I was carrying a torch, I was trying to sell realism in Shakespeare."
Summary: When Romeo and Mercutio wake up with awful hangovers and no memory of the night before, they must retrace their steps and interview their acquaintances to reconstruct the forgotten events, which include an anachronistic court ruling, lots of irresponsible drinking, and a drunken decision that shocks them both. One thing’s for sure: life will never be the same for these two bros.