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Shakespeare Scene 2

Stephen and Ashlie continue their adventures in Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. Stephen finds out the truth about his new job and Ashlie meets her Romeo!

Preparation

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...

Transcripts

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.

Ashlie: Bye.

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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.

Ashlie:  Me?

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.

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Ashlie:  Excuse me. Do you know when the show starts?

Stephen: Hi, Ash.

Ashlie: Stephen, you really are playing Shakespeare, then! Come on.

Task 1

Task 2

We use 'such' before nouns and 'so' before adjectives:

  • Stephen: It's such a famous theatre. ('theatre'=noun)   
  • Ashlie: You're so lucky. ('lucky'=adjective)

Exercise

Task 3

We use 'had better' to mean 'should'. For example:

  • Stephen: I'd better go in and find the director.
  • Ashlie: I think I'd better go.

Exercise

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

I would like to visit Stratford on day, I've had loads of lobs that I have hated treated and spoke to like crap I, took it for so long then left every job I have hated.

in task 3, 5th sentence "I'd better give her a call. Jola's not usually late", i think we can do it this way too "Jola's not usually late. I'd better give her a call". But it doesn't accept this answer.

Hello quoc hung,

Yes, you're right -- that is also correct. I've changed the sentence slightly so that there is only one possible correct answer.

Thanks very much for taking the time to point this out to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, In a sentence Ashlie says " I can't wait to see you on stage" Now the question is why doesn't she say 'On The Stage' besides On stage ?

Hello SonuKumar,

Ashlie could say 'on the stage', but that would be a bit unusual. Here 'stage' is similar to other nouns like 'school' and 'hospital' -- we often leave out 'the' before these words, especially when we're thinking not so much of the place as what we do in that place. In other words, Ashlie's not so concerned with the exact physical location on the stage (notice how I used 'the' here in talking about physical location) as much as she is thinking about what they'll be doing on stage, i.e. acting.

This is a subtle difference and doesn't follow the typical rules for using 'the' with nouns, so don't be discouraged if it takes some time to make sense of this.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Could be interesting to see Stratford, it looks simple and enjoyable.
I've been in England twice but every time in London and further I hope to visit some other English cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, New Castle etc..

I have seen some of Shakespeare's plays: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venise, Much Ado about Nothing, ecc.

With reference to question about the unpleasant jobs, it happens to me only once, but, fortunately, this job didn't last very long.