Sampson and Gregory, two servants of the house of Capulet, walk through the streets of Verona. They see two Montague servants and Sampson bites his thumb at them.
The rude gesture made by Sampson quickly escalates into a fight. Benvolio draws his sword in attempt to stop the confrontation
Benvolio explains that he is only trying to keep the peace. Tybalt attacks anyways and the brawl spreads.
As the brawl spreads a group of citizens try to restore peace. They start beating they combatants with clubs.
Montague and Capulet enter. Only their wives are stopping them from attacking each other.
Prince Escalus arrives and commands for the fight to stop on the penalty of torture. They throw down their weapons and the prince says that the violence between the two families needs to stop and the next person to disturb peace will be sentenced to death