Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Words by Richard Appignanesi
Art by Sonia Leong
"My only love sprung from my only hate," laments Juliet, the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, the world's most famous love story. A fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals, this is a cutting-edge adaptation that will impassion and grip its readers. Set in modern-day Japan, two young lovers are caught up in a bitter vendetta between their rival Yakuza families – the Montagues and the Capulets. Can their forbidden love survive as violence, betrayal and tragedy explode on the streets of Tokyo?
Romeo and Juliet is part of Manga Shakespeare, a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. Drawing inspiration from trend-setting Japan and using Shakespeare's original texts, this series – adapted by Richard Appignanesi and illustrated by leading manga artists – brings to life the great Bard's words for students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and manga fans.