In 1593 London, William Shakespeare is a sometime player in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and poor playwright for Philip Henslowe, owner of The Rose Theatre. Shakespeare is working on a new comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Suffering from writer’s block, he has barely begun the play, but starts auditioning players. Eventually a changed play, Romeo and Juliet premieres.
Transcript from Shakespeare in Love
T- T- T- Two… T- T- T- T… T… T… T… T- T- Two households…
No, it will turn out well.
How will it?
I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
T- T… T… T- T… T… T…
Two households, both alike in dignity
in fair Verona where we lay our scene.
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life
whose misadventured, piteous overthrows
doth with their death bury their parents” strife.
the which if you with patient ears attend
what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Gregory, on my word we’ll not carry coals.
No, for then we should be colliers.
I mean, and we be in choler we’ll draw.
Luck be with you, Sam. Sam!
It’s not my fault. I could do it yesterday.