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“A plague o’ both your houses! They have made worms’ meat of me.”

—Mercutio, cursing the violent rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues which led to his death.

Act 3, Scene 1, lines 111-12. 

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From the Collection

Glow-in-the-dark designs for Jean Cocteau’s Romeo and Juliet

This commemorative volume features designs for director Jean Cocteau’s 1924 production of Romeo and Juliet, which premiered in Paris.  

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Listen to Janet Griffin, the Folger’s Director of Public Programs and Artistic Producer, discuss the volume.

Plaque featuring David Garrick as Romeo

This plaque, produced around 1765, surrounds the celebrated English actor David Garrick as Romeo and George Anne Bellamy as Juliet with gilt-metal edging.

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Learn more about Garrick’s career on Folgerpedia.

Advertisement for Theda Bara as Juliet

This booklet advertises William Fox’s filmed production of Romeo and Juliet starring silent film icon Theda Bara as Juliet. Fox’s version was in direct competition with rival studio Metro’s version, released the same week in November 1916.

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Learn more about early 20th-century Shakespeare film on the Folger’s Collation blog.

James Northcote’s painting of Romeo and Juliet

Northcote’s 1790 painting depicts Juliet on the cusp of discovering Romeo’s death. The roughly 8-by-10 foot painting is one of the largest items in the Folger collection, and hangs in the Paster Reading Room.

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Watch Senior Cataloger Erin Blake discuss the painting.


Image of Charlotte and Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet

This commemorative porcelain of sisters Charlotte Cushman as Romeo and Susan Cushman as Juliet was produced around 1852.

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Learn more about Charlotte Cushman’s career on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

Title: Parr, Thomas. [Charlotte and Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet]
Creator: Parr, Thomas
Date Created: [ca. 1852]
Folger Reference ID: ART Inv. 1095 (realia)


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