Act 5 Scene 1
It is the day of Juliet’s wedding and fake death. Romeo walks the street in Mantua, reminding a beautiful dream in which he died, but Juliet found him and revived him with a kiss. Enters Balthasar, his servant. Romeo greets him impatiently, hoping that he has news from Verona. Romeo states that nothing can spoil his happiness until Juliet is well. Balthasar replies that Juliet indeed shall be well as a virtuous woman can be in Heaven. He tells Romeo the story of her death before the wedding with hated Paris. Stunned, Romeo cursed the skies.
He asks Balthasar for a quill and paper and writes a letter to his family, Montague, for Balthasar to deliver. He also wants him to find horses, so that Romeo will be able to return to Verona immediately. Balthasar replies that Romeo looks like he is out of his mind and he won’t leave him alone. Suddenly, Romeo stops and asks if Balthasar has any other letters to him from Friar Lawrence. Balthasar says that he hasn’t and Romeo sends him to fulfil the given orders. When the servant can’t hear him, Romeo says in grief that he will lay with Juliet this night. He goes to the pharmacy and, finding the poorest one, asks the owner to sell him the strongest poison. The man refuses, because selling poison is illegal in Mantua and is punished with death. Romeo states that the pharmacy owner is too poor to decline the sum of money he is ready to pay. After that the pharmacy owner agrees to sell the poison to Romeo. Romeo goes out, speaking to himself and promising to commit suicide in Juliet’s tomb.
Act 5 Scene 2
Friar Lawrence has a guest in his cell named Friar John. He asked him to deliver his letter about his plan to Romeo, but his friend failed. Due to the raging plague, he was shut in the quarantine hospital on the outskirts of Mantua. Friar Lawrence starts to worry, understanding that Juliet can come to her senses alone, in the dark tomb. He still doesn’t know that Romeo learned another news, about Juliet’s death and now considers her dead for real. Friar Lawrence decides to go to the tomb himself and save Juliet. He sends another letter to Romeo, describing his plan and adding that he will hide Juliet in his cell until Romeo comes for her.
Act 5 Scene 3
At night Paris comes to the Juliet’s grave to cover it with flowers. He sees that someone is approaching and hides. Enter Romeo and Balthasar. He tells his servant that he is going into the tomb to take back the precious ring he gave to Juliet and orders him to leave and deliver the letter to the Montague. Balthasar steps aside, but he doesn’t believe Romeo and secretly stays.
Paris recognizes Romeo. He thinks that Romeo is guilty of Juliet’s death, because he killed Tybalt and Juliet committed suicide (as Paris thinks) out of grief. He is afraid that Romeo is now going to dishonor Juliet’s corpse out of his hatred to Capulets. He rushes to Romeo and, ignoring his explanations, starts a fight. Romeo kills Paris. Dying, Paris asks to lay him near the Juliet’s tomb and Romeo agrees. He takes Paris’ body and finds Juliet – still beautiful, like she is alive. He says to her that he will spend the eternity together with her. He kisses her, drinks the poison and dies near her.
Friar Lawrence finally reaches the cemetery. He sees Balthasar who tells that Romeo is in the tomb. Lawrence runs there and sees the bodies of the two young men. This is the moment when Juliet awakes. She asks the friar where her husband is. Lawrence honestly replies that both Paris and Romeo are dead and she has to leave. Juliet refuses. She embraces Romeo’s body, seeing the vial of poison near him. Hoping that this poison can kill her too, she kisses him, but nothing happens. Hearing that someone – probably watchmen – are coming, she takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself, dying near Romeo.
The watchmen bring the Prince, the Capulets and the Montague. Friar Lawrence tells them all the whole story. Balthasar gives Romeo’s letter to the Prince and he, after reading it, says that the story is true. He turns to both rival families, accusing them of the tragedy that happened. Montague promises to raise a gold statue of Juliet and Capulet answers that he will order an equal one of Romeo. The Prince leads them away, saying that there has never been a sadder story than the one of Juliet and her Romeo.