Romeo and Juliet in Space
Activity 1.4 / Shakespeare Learning Commons
• Activity 1.4 Student Handout-Instructions
It is not hard to find Shakespeare in space. Forbidden Plan t (1956), a space adaptation of The Tempest, found Shakespeare’s narrative transported to
a desolate planet in the outer reaches of the universe. Influenced by this adaptation, Gene Rodenberry created Star Trek, which o.en depended on
Shakespeare’s narratives as can be seen in episode titles such as “By Any Other Name,” “Dagger of the Mind,” and “The Conscience of the King.”
Why is Shakespeare so at home in space? How easily can the narrative and themes of Romeo and Juliet be transported to a universal setting?
In this activity students will create a space adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Students can move from poison to an alien virus, from paper messages to
holographic transmissions, and from street scenes to weightless space walks.
• Create an adaptation of Romeo
• Explore narrative structure and
• Students will use critical thinking and
problem solving skills as they create an
adaptation of a famous narrative.
3. Activity: Preface
• Activity 1.4 Student Handout-Worksheet
The five passages selected for this activity will take students from Juliet’s first recognition of Romeo as the son of her sworn enemy to the final
couplet marking the end of their tragic story. Students will adapt the narrative that surrounds these passages transporting the characters and
themes from Shakespeare’s Verona to their own vision of a distant galaxy.
Two families at war, blind to the damage their violent feud brings to the city and its people, come to seek a peaceful solution only a.er their
children die in the conflict. Themes in Romeo and Juliet include morali