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DR A MATIS PERSONÆ.
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.
PRINCE Escalus, PARIS, · · MONTAGUE, . CAPULET, · ROMEO, MERCUTIO, Benvolio, . TYBALT, FRIAR LAURENCE, FRIAR JOHN, . APOTHECARY, PETER PAGE,
· BALTHASAR, .
PRINCE ESCALUS.—Green and gold vest and trunks —purple and gold mantle--white pantaloons—russet boots, with scarlet tops—round black hat, and white plumes.
PARIS.—First dress: White ditto. Second dress: Black ditto. MONTAGUE.—Black velvet ancient dress. CAPULET.—Ibid.
ROMEO.-Light blue vest, richly embroidered - white satin trunks—white silk pantaloons--white shoes and scarlet roses—broad white lace frill round the neck—round black hat, slashed vertically round the crown, and white plumes. Second dress : Black velvet.
MERCUTIO.--Scarlet jacket and pantaloons, embroidered -russet boots—round black hat, and white plumes.
BENVOLIO.—Fawn-colored jacket and pantaloons—russet boots—black hat and white plumes.
TYBALT.—Brown jacket and pantaloons—ibid.
JULIET.— First dress: White satin, slightly trimmed. Second dress: White muslin dress-white veil.
LADY CAPULET.—Black velvet, trimmed with gold-lace. NURSE.—Flowered cotton gown, trimmed with point lace -scarlet quilted petticoat.
SCENE—Once, in the fifth act, at Mantua—and in or near
Verona during the rest of the play.
SCENE I.-A Street in Verona.
Enter Samson and Gregory s. e. r.
me. Gre. 'Draw thy tool then; for here come two of the house of the Montagues.
Sam. My naked weapon is out: quarrel; I will back thee : but let us take the law of our sides : let them begin.
Gre. (c.) I will frown, as I pass by; and let them take it as they list.
Sam. (r. c.) Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.
Enter Abram and Balthasar l. Bal. (Crossing to r.) Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Sam. I do bite my thumb, sir.
[To Gre. Gre. No.
[ To Samson. Sam. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir. Gre. Do you quarrel, sir?
[Going R. Bal. Quarrel, sir ? no, sir.
We'll not carry coals—we'll not be imposed upon..
Sam. If you do, sir, I am for you ; I serve as good a man as you.
Bal. No better, sir.
Gre. (C.) Say—better; here comes one of iny master's kinsmen.
Sam. Yes, better, sir.
Sam. Draw, if you be men.---Gregory, remember thy swashing blow.
[They fight. Enter Benvolio s. e. r. Ben. (Interposing. ) Part, fools; put up your swords; you know not what you do.
[Beats down their weapons. Enter Tybalt L., with a drawn sword. Tyb. What, art thou drawn among these heartless
hinds ? Turn thee, Benvolio; look upon thy death.
Ben. I do but keep the peace; put up thy sword; or manage it to part these men with me. Tyb. (c.) What, drawn, and talk of peace ? I hate
the word As I hate all Montagues, and thee ; Have at thee, coward.
[They fight. [Capulets l., and Montagues r., without. Montagues. Down with the Capulets ! Capulets. Down with the Montagues !
[Bell rings. Cap. (Without l.) Give me my sword ! Old Montague is come, and flourishes his blade in spite of me. Enter Montague and friends r., and Capulet with
his friends, all armed l. Mon. Thou villain, Capulet ! [All fight.
Enter the Prince with attendants H. D.