Romeo and Juliet Audio Edition

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this warring city, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers' final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.

This new unabridged audio recording of the well-respected edition of Shakespeare's classic—expertly produced by the Folger Theatre—is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

Listen to a sample of the recording below and buy the audio as a CD or a download.



Romeo—Michael Goldsmith
Juliet—Emily Trask
Friar Lawrence—Eric Hissom
Nurse—Naomi Jacobson
Lord Capulet—Ian Merrill Peakes
Mercutio—Tom Story
Benvolio—Andrew Schwartz
Lady Capulet—Karen Peakes
Tybalt—Chris Genebach
Paris—Michael Brusasco
The Prince—Louis Butelli

All other parts were played by members of the company.

Creative Team

Robert Richmond—Director
Beth Emelson—Producer
Jessica Witchger—Original Music Composition 
Katharine Pitt—Production Assistant
Adam Stamper—Sound Engineer
Cody Nickell—Narrator

Michael Witmore—Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Janet Alexander Griffin—Artistic Producer
Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine—Editors, Folger Editions

Recorded at Omega Studios and Audio School, Rockville, Maryland.

In partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio