Some of the many Romeos and Juliets in the last 100 years.


Escalus

Prince of Verona

Paris

A young nobleman

Montague, Capulet

Heads of warring households

Old Man

Cousin to Capulet

Romeo

Son to Montague

Mercutio

Kinsman to the prince, and friend to Romeo

Benvolio

Nephew to Montague, and friend to Romeo

Tybalt

Nephew to Lady Capulet

Friar Laurence, Friar John

Franciscans

Balthasar

Servant to Romeo

Sampson, Gregory

Servants to Capulet

Peter

Servant to Juliet's nurse

Abraham

Servant to Montague

An Apothecary

Three Musicians

Page to Paris; another Page; an Officer



Female parts were listed after all the speaking male parts, regardless of their importance in the play. Juliet, for instance, is a much more important character than many of the male roles. Note also that in Shakespeare’s day, all female roles were played by men and boys, in costume.

Lady Montague

Wife to Montague

Lady Capulet

Wife to Capulet

Juliet

Daughter to Capulet

Nurse to Juliet



The less important and non-speaking parts were listed last.

Citizens of Verona; Maskers, Guards, Watchmen, and Attendants

Chorus