*Curtsies* Hi, Duke! I would like to know your thoughts on this. Why is Benvolio's death always cut out? I know the first quarto is not that reliable, but I think it makes so much sense that Benvolio died, too, though it absolutely breaks my heart, because that way all the young characters are dead and so the old generation is left with no hope for posterity?
*Curtsies* The basic reason is that nobody uses Q1, because Q1 is a disaster, but I think the other reason people don’t add that specific part back in is that’s it’s just one line. There’s no explanation of how or why it happens and if you add it back in you risk confusing heck out of an audience who instead of feeling the proper impact of the end of the play are going to sit there going, “Benvolio is deceased? Wait what? When did that happen? How? Why? Wait what–??” And that’s really not the note you want to end on.