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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Romeo and Juliet (1911, Barry O'Neil)

TitleRomeo and Juliet
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorBarry O'Neil
MediumBlack & white video
Length27 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsRomeo and Juliet (abridgment)


One of a distinguished group of silent films produced by Edwin Thanhouser and his wife, who were genuine lovers of Shakespeare and sought to bring a higher standard to the production of Shakespeare on screen than previously had been the case. Unfortunately most of this film is lost but if the Thanhouser King Lear and the stills of this film that remain are any evidence, then it was probably at a fairly high level of competence

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

RomeoGeorge A. Lessey
JulietJulia M. Taylor
NurseGeorge W. Walton

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorBarry O'Neil
ProducerEdwin Thanhouser
Adaptor/TranslatorLloyd Lonergan
Adaptor/TranslatorGertrude Thanhouser

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell