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Chiaki Nagao and Hironao Takahashi in Romeo & Juliet, a ballet by Christopher Gable and Massimo Morricone

Romeo & Juliet Characters

Romeo

The son of Lord and Lady Montague. Romeo is a handsome and free-spirited young man. His family are trapped in a long feud with the Capulet family. He is passionate, often acts impulsively and falls in love with Juliet – the daughter of his family’s rivals.

Juliet

The daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Juliet is a beautiful, headstrong, and passionate young woman. She quickly falls in love with Romeo when they first meet at the Capulet ball and becomes torn between her family and duty to them.

Mercutio

One of Romeo’s closest friends, Mercutio is loyal and quick to help his friend whenever necessary. Known for his wit and imagination, but also his hot headedness Mercutio often finds himself swept up by quarrels in the marketplace.

Friar Lawrence

Friar Lawrence is a Franciscan monk, and a trusted advisor of both Juliet and Romeo. He wants peace to be restored between the Montagues and Capulets.

Tybalt

Nephew to Lord and Lady Capulet, Tybalt is proud and vain but also protective over his cousin Juliet. He is quick to draw his sword and is often the one leading the battles against the Montagues.

Benvolio

A close friend of Romeo, Benvolio is the peacemaker out of the three friends. He is always at hand to support Romeo and stand by his side.

Count Paris

Count Paris is a suitor to Juliet, and we first meet him when he asks Lord Capulet for permission to marry his daughter.

The Nurse

The Nurse works in the Capulet household and has cared for Juliet since she was a baby. She passes letters between Romeo and Juliet and is the person who Juliet confides in the most.

Lord Montague

Lord Montague is Romeo’s father. He is the sworn enemy of the Capulets and concerned for Romeo’s safety.

Lord Capulet

Lord Capulet is head of the family; he has a fiery temper and intends for his daughter Juliet to marry Count Paris. He is protective over Juliet and is the sworn enemy of the Montagues.

Lady Capulet

Wife to Lord Capulet. Lady Capulet married young and is keen for her daughter to marry Count Paris.

Header image from Romeo & Juliet with dancers Chiaki Nagao and Hironao Takahashi as Juliet and Romeo, photo Merlin Hendy