This page contains links to the original Romeo and Juliet script by Shakespeare, split into Acts and Scenes.

The language used in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet full text is slightly different to today’s modern English, which is reflected in the text. Our article on Shakespeare & early modern English, or our Shakespeare dictionary, will help you to understand the language as you read through the original text

Another thing to bear in mind as you read the Romeo and Juliet script are Shakespeare’s stage directions, which are italicised. Stage directions are instructions and direction to the actors, and not spoken lines. Some stage directions can be a little confusing, so have a read of our understanding Shakespeare’s stage directions article.

The Romeo and Juliet full text is very long, so we have separated the play into it’s original Acts and Scenes. Click on the appropriate links below to read Shakespeare’s original script of Romeo and Juliet – or our translation into simple, modern English:

Romeo & Juliet in Modern English | Romeo & Juliet original text
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Prologue | Romeo & Juliet text Act 1, Prologue
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Scene 1 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 1, Scene 1
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Scene 2 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 1, Scene 2
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Scene 3 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 1, Scene 3
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Scene 4 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 1, Scene 4
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Prologue | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Prologue
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 1 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 1
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 2 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 2
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 3 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 3
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 4 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 4
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 5 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 5
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 2, Scene 6 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 2, Scene 6
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 1 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 3, Scene 1
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 2 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 3, Scene 2
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 3 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 3, Scene 3
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 4 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 3, Scene 4
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 5 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 3, Scene 5
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 4, Scene 1 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 4, Scene 1
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 4, Scene 2 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 4, Scene 2
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 4, Scene 3 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 4, Scene 3
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 4, Scene 5 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 4, Scene 5
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Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 5, Scene 1 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 5, Scene 1
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 5, Scene 2 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 5, Scene 2
Modern Romeo & Juliet Act 5, Scene 3 | Romeo & Juliet text Act 5, Scene 3

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romeo woos juliet leaning back against a tree

Romeo Montague woos Juliet Capulet – no doubt with perfect lines memorised from Shakespeare’s original Romeo and Juliet script


10 replies
  1. lenii
    lenii says:

    i love romeo and juliet its so intresting i love the older version of the movie better to cause it just seems to make more sense im all out for shakespear <3

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  2. Alyla
    Alyla says:

    Honestly. It is good but there is no love just lust. Because for one: they kissed within hours meeting, at the same time being teenagers. What the heck. They still have the minds of the teen in this play. So Shakespeare knew what he was doing when he wrote the two as teens. Mostly because it would make the most since with the impulsive behavior and hurry for marriage. There is no love just lust in the play because not to mention that they were not even old enough to feel what true love is. You do not feel love unless you are 20 to 21. Romeo was about 16 and Juliet was about 14 or 13. So you see, there is no love i this play.

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    • Alyla
      Alyla says:

      #lust not love
      Do not get me wrong, this is a brilliant play overall, but…. I though you all should loon at it from a different point of view.

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    • Swadha
      Swadha says:

      I don’t agree to what you say. The play is quite harmonious. The dialogues are full of love, with a spiritual connotation. May be you have not read the actual text.

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