Ashlie: Wow, Stephen. Here we are, the RSC, the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Stephen: It’s such a famous theatre. All the greatest actors have played Shakespeare here. I’m getting a bit nervous now.
Ashlie: You’ll be fine, you’re so lucky - it is an amazing place to perform. I am getting a bit jealous now! Can I have your autograph?
Stephen: Stop it. I’d better go in and find the director. Are you going to be okay on your own?
Ashlie: Don’t be silly, I’ll be fine. I’ll just go and do the tourist thing around Stratford. I think I’ll visit the house where Shakespeare was born.
Stephen: Okay, I’ll call you later and tell you when the play starts.
Ashlie: Ah, I can’t wait to see you on stage. Good luck!
Stephen: Thanks, bye.
Romeo: But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun. Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon.
Romeo: See how she leans her cheek upon her hand: O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!
Ashlie: Oh, alright then. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love. And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
Romeo: Shall I hear more? Shall I speak at this?
Ashlie: Thanks, that was really good fun.
Romeo: You were really good. You’re a great actress.
Ashlie: Thank you, I really enjoyed it. So do you always play Romeo and Juliet here?
Romeo: No, it varies, we might do Macbeth next.
Ashlie: I think I’d better go then before you ask me to be one of the witches. I have to go and meet my brother soon anyway. He’s performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Romeo: Lucky him. But you’re welcome here any time.
Ashlie: Sorry. Hi, Stephen, you’ll never guess. I actually got to do some Shakespeare too... I was Juliet. It was fantastic... So how’s it going? Well, do you want me to come over? Well, okay…
Romeo: What’s up?
Ashlie: It’s Stephen, I don’t think he wants me to go over and watch him, but - it must just be first night nerves. I think I’m going to go anyway and surprise him.
Romeo: OK. Bye!
Ashlie: Thanks again, then. Bye.
Ashlie: Excuse me. Do you know when the show starts?
Stephen: Hi, Ash.
Ashlie: Stephen, you really are playing Shakespeare, then! Come on.
Before you watch
Think about the following questions:
- Have you ever seen one of Shakespeare's plays?
- Would you like to visit Stratford?
- Have you ever had a job you didn't like? What did you do about it?
Now, watch Stephen and Ashlie as they explore Stratford...