Romeo & Juliet: Timeline and Plot

Act in R&JWhat happens:
Act 1 – PrologueFind out the story in a condensed version
Act 1, Scene 1: Verona. A public place.Servants of the Montagues (Romeo) and Capulets (Juliet) start street brawl showing rivalry and tension between the families. We discover Romeo loves Rosalind.
Act 1, Scene 2: A street.Paris asks Capulet if he can marry Juliet. Romeo discovers that Rosalind will be at the Capulet ball that evening.
Act 1, Scene 3: A room in Capulet’s house.Lady Capulet tells Juliet about Paris’s proposal. The nurse interrupts with a long story of her as a baby.
Act 1, Scene 4: A street.Romeo has a feeling that something terrible will happen if he goes to the ball but he goes anyway.
Act 1, Scene 5: A hall in Capulet’s house.The Montagues go to the ball and Romeo forgets Rosalind as soon as he sees Juliet. Tybalt recognises them but Lord Capulet will not allow a fight
Act 2, Prologue: PROLOGUEThe chorus informs us the pain R&J are in as they can’t meet but passion will find a way.
Act 2, Scene 1: A lane by the wall of Capulet’s orchard.Romeo jumps into the Capulet garden to catch a glimpse of Juliet.
Act 2, Scene 2: Capulet’s orchardThe Balcony Scene: Romeo professes his love to Juliet. They arrange a meeting.
Act 2, Scene 3: Friar Laurence’s cell.Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence to arrange to marry Juliet – he agrees thinking it will end the feud between the families
Act 2, Scene 4: A street.Tybalt sends a challenge to Romeo. The Nurse gets the information about the wedding as a message to Juliet.
Act 2, Scene 5: Capulet’s orchard.The nurse delivers the news to Juliet of her upcoming marriage to Romeo.
Act 2, Scene 6: Friar Laurence’s cell.They marry.
Act 3, Scene 1: A public place.Romeo tries to avoid fighting. Mercutio is wounded and killed by Tybalt. Romeo then avenges his death and kills Tybalt. Romeo is exiled for his part in this.
Act 3, Scene 2: Capulet’s orchard.Juliet learns of Tybalt’s death and Romeo’s banishment and is distraught over the loss of her love.
Act 3, Scene 3: Friar Laurence’s cell.Both Romeo and Juliet are distraught at the separation. Romeo tries to stab himself but is convinced to hold on by Friar Laurence.
Act 3, Scene 4: A room in Capulet’s house.Capulet promises on impulse that Juliet will marry Paris in two days.
Act 3, Scene 5: Capulet’s orchard.Lady Capulet informs Juliet of her upcoming marriage. She is threatened by her father if she refuses to be thrown out. The Nurse says she should marry Paris.
Act 4, Scene 1: Friar Laurence’s cell.Friar plans to give Juliet a drug that makes her appear dead for 48 hours to escape for Mantua and a new life with Romeo
Act 4, Scene 2: Hall in Capulet’s house.Juliet goes to her father and agrees to marry Paris. He moves the wedding forward a day.
Act 4, Scene 3: Juliet’s chamber.Juliet takes the poison.
Act 4, Scene 4: Hall in Capulet’s house.Capulet sends the nurse to waken Juliet.
Act 4, Scene 5: Juliet’s chamber.The Nurse tries to wake Juliet, but finds that she is (apparently) dead. All are grief stricken but Friar Laurence arranges the funeral quickly.
Act 5, Scene 1: Mantua. A street.Romeo hears wrongly of Juliet’s death, buys poison and returns to join her.
Act 5, Scene 2: Friar Laurence’s cell.Friar John explains why he didn’t deliver the letter and F L sends another.
Act 5, Scene 3: A churchyard; in it a tomb belonging to the Capulets.Outside the tomb where Juliet is (apparently dead) Romeo and Paris fight. Paris is killed. Romeo takes the poison and dies. Juliet wakes and finding Romeo dead kills herself with his dagger.

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