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THE Balcony Scene

“Oh 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.”

Juliet’s words that have been read, seen, and heard through the ages.

Shakespeare started it all in writing. We now witness how various forms of media interpret this well-known exchange between the star-crossed lovers.

Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene. How far we have come.



Lampa, Karenina Isabel A.


University of the Philippines – Diliman



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  1. fljimenez
    March 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Looks like you did a lot of detective work on the different balcony scenes. I have to ask about the Luhrmann R+J version, though. The picture you picked is Claire Danes at the balcony, but it doesn’t correspond to actual balcony scene in the play. Luhrmann’s version of the balcony scene (and so far it’s the only one I’ve seen in the movies that’s different) happens in a swimming pool. Based on your viewing of Luhrmann’s film, how does that new interpretation bring new meaning to the balcony scene? And what is it about the balcony scene that makes people love it so much, such that it’s become THE iconic scene from R&J?

    • isheee
      March 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      After viewing the film once more, I do apologize for the mistake regarding the picture of Luhrmann’s R + J. I am changing it now as we speak. 🙂

      The way I see it, Luhrmann’s interpretation gave this new ‘sensual proximity’ between the two lovers. The balcony scene has always been defined by people to be an exchange of love promises between R and J, with the balcony serving as a sort of hindrance between them. In the most common balcony scene adaptations, Romeo and Juliet would NEVER be able to be as passionate as they were in Luhrmann’s film(or have they been? I could be wrong). I have always considered the balcony to be a symbol of their love. They are imprisoned within the boundaries their families have set.

      As for the next question, I cannot speak for the others. But what makes me remember it so much are the words spoken by R and J. Because now that I think about it, more people MIGHT recognize “Oh Romeo, Romeo”, but not so with the balcony scene. So it could be the work of the lines, I suppose.

      Or theatrically speaking, it might be because the balcony scene in itself is a very sweet and melodramatic view. A girl on a balcony, a guy looking up at her under the night sky… 😀 Two lovers who were forbidden to love each other and so it goes. Terribly cheesy, but admittedly, it is a sweet scene to behold. And it works. It really does.

      Anyway, thank you for the heads-up about the picture of R+J balcony scene, and for the questions 🙂

      • isheee
        March 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm


        While trying to take a screenshot of Luhrmann’s balcony scene, I came across this. HAHA.

        Sharing! 😀 It’s the making of the pool scene. 🙂

  2. mjcshimada
    March 17, 2011 at 6:08 am

    It has been established that though many of Shakespeare’s plays have been considered exceptional pieces of literature—each to their own unique attributes, perhaps that which has made the greatest impact on the younger percentage of the Bard’s audience would be Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene, in my opinion, is in itself an icon already of Shakespeare, and an icon of the genre that the Bard himself presents in Romeo and Juliet. It’s interesting that THE balcony has now come to serve a rather stereotypical nonetheless romantic (or is it just me :D) purpose now for the general idea of a love story such as this. And yes, I agree with Ms. Jimenez that you did a lot of detective work searching for these photos. Thumbs up for you Ms. Lampa 😉

  3. humunahumuna
    March 20, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Seeing as how many adaptations have taken the liberty of modifying many details in Shakespeare’s works, it’s interesting how the balcony scene has been largely preserved. I mean, the only really “different” version I can think of is the one in West Side Story where the balcony became an emergency staircase-like thing and that’s really not that big of a change. It would be great if someone would give a radical new spin on it, like maybe make Juliet ride a helicopter or something while Romeo’s hanging for dear life below. 😀

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